Can We Talk about Race?

THU, MAY 17, 2007 (20:19)

Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum sounds a warning call about the increasing but underreported resegregation of America, on the 53rd anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

A self-described "integration baby," Tatum sees our growing isolation from one another as deeply problematic, and she believes that schools can be key institutions for forging connections across the racial division. In this book, Tatum examines some of the most resonant issues in American education and race relations. As an acknowledged expert on race relations in the classroom and the development of racial identity, she participated in President Clinton's "Dialogue on Race" and lectures extensively throughout the country. Tatum is also the writer of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Assimilation Blues.

+ BIO: Beverly Daniel Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum has had a distinguished career as a psychologist, educator, scholar, and college administrator. She has written two books and numerous articles on the subject of racial identity and other topics. In 2002 she was named president of Spelman College.

Tatum was born on September 27, 1954, in Tallahassee, Florida, and was raised in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. A productive scholar, Tatum has written numerous articles and book chapters. Though she has written on gender and academic achievement, the primary emphasis for her research has been racial identity and development.

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