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Let's Talk About Race: Overcoming Barriers in Education, Friendship and Democracy

Friday, September 21, 2007 at 9:00 am
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The topic is taboo ... yet it divides Cleveland right down the middle. When the four-letter word is mentioned, people cringe. Can we talk about race? Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, believes it's time for just that sort of conversation. She joins us to discuss her new book, the effect of racial stereotypes on achievement, and the silence that prevents interracial friendship. How does a town like Cleveland come together? We'll explore these issues and more Friday morning at nine on the Sound of Ideas. Photo: Jill Levy, Lee Owen, and Sandra Driggins of Ludlow Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, shaking hands in front of a sign for Brotherhood Week in 1956. National Brotherhood Week, which promotes racial and religious tolerance, was first observed in 1931. Photo courtesy of the Shaker Heights Public Library. Inset: Beverly Daniel Tatum's book.


Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College in Atlanta; author of "Can We Talk About Race?" and "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
Vilma Seeberg, Associate Professor, College of Education, Kent State University
Elizabeth Robenalt, Facilitator of book dialogues on race, Ursuline College