06 Portrait/Personality

1st. David Goldman / Associated Press

L. Shapley Bassen, left, talks with her husband, Michael, as they stand for a photo in their home in East Greenwich, R.I., Thursday, March 11, 2021. The road to a COVID-19 shot often leads through a maze of scheduling systems: Some vaccine seekers spend days or weeks trying to book online appointments. Those who get a coveted slot can still be stymied by pages of forms or websites that slow to a crawl and crash. The technological obstacles are familiar to Bassen, a 74-year-old retired English teacher and editor. She lost track of the hours she spent making phone calls and navigating websites to get appointments for herself and her 75-year-old husband, Michael. “A lot of us don’t sleep at night worrying about whether or not we’ll be able to get in,” she said.

2nd. Erin Clark / The Boston Globe

Liem Tran sits in his bedroom in Quincy, MA while his wife Trang and dog Kobe are nearby on July 22, 2021. In February of this year, Tran was assaulted and robbed outside the North Quincy T station while on his way to work. The suspects robbed two Asian Americans on the same day at that T stop, although police are not calling it a hate crime. Tran suffered a spinal cord injury and probably will never work again.

3rd. Adam Glanzman / freelance

Up and coming driver Rajah Caruth, poses for a portrait before the Jeep Beach 175 for the ARCA Menards Series East at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida on February 8, 2021. Caruth, 19, is one of the only African American drivers competing in NASCAR’s top series, and is doing so while attending Winston-Salem State University, a historically Black university, studying motorsports management. In 2022 Caruth will have an opportunity to race in NACSAR’s Xfinity Series, only the eighth black driver in history to compete in a race.

HM1. Erin Clark / Boston Globe

Rizwana Seeham poses for a portrait with her boxing gloves while she works out in her apartment’s clubhouse on September 10, 2021 in Framingham, MA. The 31-year-old woman, of South Asian and Pacific Islander heritage, said after 9/11, “I came to realize that there was a negative stigma affiliated with identifying myself as Muslim and it wasn’t clear to me until I had done it a couple of times.” Seeham took up boxing and self-defense in college as a woman of color living alone in the city. Ten years later, Seeham says boxing makes her feel empowered.

HM2. Alyssa Stone / The Enterprise of Brockton

Reverend Willie Bodrick, Senior Pastor of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.
In 1951, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled north from his home in Atlanta to attend Boston University, a pursuit that eventually led him to the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, where he preached and worshiped while completing his theology degree. Seventy years later, the Rev. Willie Bodrick II finds himself treading a parallel path—after attending Northeastern School of Law, the Atlanta native is now the fourteenth pastor of the historic Twelfth Baptist Church.
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