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Bertie Bowman, hearing coordinator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, greets Chairman John Kerry before the start of a Thursday hearing on NATO. Bowman, one of the longest-serving African-Americans on the Capitol staff, is the author of “Step by Step: A Memoir of Hope, Friendship, Perseverance, and Living the American Dream,” which tells of his journey from a farm in the Jim Crow South to the halls of Congress.