Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (1997)

This historic book by Beverly Daniel Tatum offers insights into the process of community making among Black and African-Americans in predominantly White spaces. It raises issues about how the integration of schools and previously segregated public spaces have been incomplete and not welcoming. Her research shows that White administrators and students often questioned why the Black kids gravitated towards one another. She offers reasons to re-consider this questioning and to problematize it, particularly during a time like ours where segregation in public schools is re-emerging.

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