Feature Articles‘You Don't Have Any Business Being This Good’: An Oral History Interview with Bernardine LaceyLewenson, Sandra B. EdD, RN, FAAN; Graham-Perel, Ashley MS, RN-BC, NPD-BC, CNE Author Information Sandra B. Lewenson is a professor at Pace University in the College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pleasantville, NY, and Ashley Graham-Perel is a clinical instructor in medical–surgical nursing at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and a doctoral candidate, nurse executive role, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. Contact author: Sandra B. Lewenson, [email protected]. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. A podcast with Bernardine Lacey and lead author Sandra B. Lewenson is available at www.ajnonline.com. AJN, American Journal of Nursing: August 2020 - Volume 120 - Issue 8 - p 40-47 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000694564.56696.ad Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Racism left an indelible mark on Bernardine Lacey and her professional growth as a nurse, including roles as an educator, political advocate, researcher, clinician, and leader. This article uses oral history methods to detail, in Lacey's own words, experiences from her childhood and early in her education and career. Her story allows for an exploration of some of the difficult truths about racism, the culpable role of nursing in this history, and the impact of historical accounts on the profession's current inclusivity and diversity efforts. This article details, in her own words, black nursing leader Bernardine Lacey's experiences with racism in her education and career, and explores some of the difficult truths about racism and the culpable role of nursing in this history. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.