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Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is the author of the fully revised and updated classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism titled, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”.

Enter any high school with a racially diverse population and you will find Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Why is this? Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, is president (EM-MERI-TAH) emerita of Spelman College and in 2014 she received the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, which is the highest honor presented by the American Psychological Association.

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