As a sociologist, I have spent much of the last 15 years of my career investigating how concepts of race inform women's experiences of femininity. My work in this period has examined the pedagogies of African American women teachers committed to progressive social change, and the health consequences of embodying the "strong Black woman" feminine ideal. A Shade of Black: Portrait of a Haitian immigrant health professional is a decidedly new direction in my research and methodological repertoire. There are two interrelated components to my New Directions project: one, to acquire a working scholarly knowledge of mid-20th century Haitian political and cultural history and a sociological understanding of Haitian ethnicity and gender; and two, to develop facility with the sociological method of portraiture to describe and analyze the immigration experiences and professional career of a Haitian physician. Through these activities, I hope to gain an understanding of the first wave of mass Haitian immigration to the US during the 1960s, when many Haiti-trained physicians and nurses fled the political repression of the Duvalier regime for the US. I see these two steps as laying the groundwork for a new research agenda focused on negotiations of race, ethnicity, and gender among 1960s Haitian immigrant health professionals.