I hear the voice of President Wagner as he repeatedly references me by name in his statements. I hear his final sentence in ways that I never did out of all the times I’ve previously read it: ‘It is owing more fundamentally to who I am, and the deliberate effort not to lose who I am in what I do, that I find motivation and satisfaction in service to Emory, to people like Carlton.’
An essay from 2010 by then-Candler graduate student Carlton Mackey, reflecting on sitting for a photograph with President Wagner. The photographer, Dawoud Bey, had been invited to Emory by the visual arts department and the now-“concluded” Transforming Community Project. Emory has archived Bey’s “Emory Project” online.