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

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Why You Should Read This Book

This book offers readers pragmatic approaches to understanding and addressing prejudice in our daily lives. Written by a psychologist, it embraces readers with a kind and receptive tone. As this book approaches its 20th anniversary, there's a clear reason why it stands the test of time. If you're searching for a way to engage in the work of dismantling racismthis is the book for you. 

About the Book


Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latinx youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy?  Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.

About the Author

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is the author of the best-selling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race, now in its 20th anniversary edition.

A thought-leader in higher education, she was the 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan, and a M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.



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