After Words with Beverly Daniel Tatum
Beverly Daniel Tatum talked about her book, Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation,… read more
Beverly Daniel Tatum talked about her book, Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation, published by Beacon Press. She argued that negative stereotyping of black students compromises their ability to live up to their academic potential. She also argued against what she sees as a trend toward de facto resegregation of the nation’s schools, brought about by segregated neighborhoods. She talked about her family, her life, and her experiences. She focused on ways of talking about race and racial tension. The guest interviewer was Roger Wilkins.
Prior to becoming president of Spelman College, Dr. Tatum was affiliated with Mount Holyoke College for thirteen years as a psychology professor, department chair, dean of the college, and acting president. She is the author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race and Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community. Ms. Tatum has a PhD. in clinical psychology and an M.A. in religious studies.
Roger Wilkins is a professor emeritus of history and American culture at George Mason University. He was assistant attorney general during the Johnson administration and has been a reporter and editor for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Washington Star. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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