CCR Presents Expert, Author Dr. Tatum in ‘Can We Talk About Race?’ May 11

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In honor of its 20th Anniversary, the Community Coalition on Race is bringing race relations expert Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum back to the community to revisit a topic she spoke about nearly two decades ago. Author of Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, and Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community, Dr. Tatum is a clinical psychologist, professor and most recently retired as President of Spelman College.

The CCR hopes to engage residents​ and the community in ​a ​conversation about​​ race-related topic​s​​​ relevant to our community; bridge racial barriers; provide a safe space to examine the issues presented by this noted race-relations expert.

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Topics will include Tatum’s views on why people voluntarily separate themselves socially based on race, racism, stereotypes, white privilege, etc., plus her views on gains and losses in racial integration over the last 20 years.

For over 10 years, the Coalition on Race has engaged the community in discussions about how we face race, how we build relationships across racial and cultural barriers, and how our perceptions of race affect our day-to-day experience in our towns.

Conversations on Race, which has run for 16 years, is an annual event that serves part of the Community Coalition on Race’s mission to provide residents with opportunities to engage in honest dialogue between racial groups.

Dr. Tatum was one of the earliest and most popular speakers engaged by the Coalition for Conversations on Race. The coverage of her book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? in the New York Times Magazine coupled with the natural tie to the integration efforts in our community resulted in a community gathering of hundreds of residents.


Conversations on Race

Wendesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Woodland, 60 Maplewood Rd., Maplewood, NJ

For further information, call 973.761-6116 or visit the website.


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