In her landmark 1997 book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Dr. Beverly Tatum urged frank conversations about race and racism in the education system and beyond, and warned of the psychological impact of denying the role of racial identity in social settings. Twenty years later, Dr. Tatum has released an expanded, updated edition of the book in which she explores the impact of changing demographics, persistent school and neighborhood segregation, the affirmative action backlash, the election of Barack Obama and subsequent “postracial” narratives, the emergence of Black Lives Matter, and the early days of the Trump presidency.
At this Talking About Race event, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises will talk with Dr. Tatum about the role race plays in schools today, where we have made progress is discussing race, where we haven’t, and the relevance of Dr. Tatum’s work in a majority African-American district like Baltimore’s.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs.
OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series is supported by John Meyerhoff, M.D and Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff and Vernon and Rosalind Reid.