Virtual Discussion with Author Beverly Daniel Tatum Addresses Antiracism

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Spelman College President Emerita Beverly Daniel Tatum, well known as an expert in race relations and a higher education thought leader, visted Lehigh for a virtual Q&A hosted by the MLK Celebration Committee and spoke on themes from her best selling work Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Tatum stressed the importance of antiracism's role in disrupting some of the pressing issues regarding race relations today, such as voter suppression and the national security threat of the rise of white nationalist groups.  To be antiracist means "interrupting the patterns of behavior- not just the attitudes, but the policies and practices that reinforce...a sense of marginalization for people who are disadvantaged by the system," she said.  "And it requires effort. So the first thing we have to do is make an effort."  Read the full story here.