Seven years after the author traveled to Hamilton, Alabama, many events have transpired in this rural community. The black youth featured in this book were between seventeen and eighteen years old at that time. Now, they are in their mid-twenties; some have become parents, others have pursued higher education or have begun their first careers. One thing that has not changed is that these teens remain resilient and capable of negotiating a complex social structure. They still experience inequality, scorn, and fear, along with unemployment, but now live meaningful lives. Most have left Hamilton out of economic necessity but have returned, driven by a desire to remain within the fold of family. This epilogue presents a brief update on six former students of Jay Ellis School and the school itself.
Keywords: black youth, Hamilton, Alabama, education, inequality, unemployment, family, Jay Ellis School