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Courageous Conversations About RaceCourageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools and Beyond Glenn E. Singleton

Schools, like all organizations, face a nearly insurmountable hurdle when addressing racial inequities―the inability to talk candidly about race. In this timely update, author Glenn Singleton enables you to break the silence and open an authentic dialogue that forges a path to progress for racial equity. The third edition offers new coverage of the structural inequities in schools and society that have been exposed by the pandemic as well as heightened public awareness of racial injustice. Courageous Conversations about Race allows you to deepen your personal understanding of race and its impact on all students. You will discover how to apply the strategy and protocol to

  • Embrace the four agreements―stay engaged, speak your truth, experience discomfort and accept non-closure―to deepen interracial dialogue
  • Build a foundation for advancing equity using the Six Conditions of Courageous Conversation
  • Examine the role of race in your life using the Courageous Conversation Compass to understand and guide your actions
  • Expand your capacity to lead others on the journey in addressing institutional racism disparities

This guide empowers you with practical tools and insights to successfully challenge racist policies and practice in schools and beyond. It is your call to leadership―one that will impact student achievement and drive systemic transformation.

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

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? | Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? How can we get past our reluctance to discuss racial issues?

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 communicating across racial and ethnic divides and pursuing antiracism. 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 dynamics of race and racial inequality in America.

Reading Lists

Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List for Adults

Explore this list of 95 titles that celebrate Black culture, history, and experience, curated by the expert librarians at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Book List for Kids and Teens

A companion reading list for kids and teens that celebrates and fosters a better understanding of Black life and culture, chosen by the experts at the Schomburg Center.

A Race, Racism, and Revolution Reading List for Educators

Created by The New York Public Library School Support team, this list offers a selection of titles for students of all ages that address race, racism, and resistance.

Discussion Questions for Anti-Racism Reading

Questions for classrooms and at-home discussions about titles from our book lists centering on anti-racism, resistance, and social movements.

Teaching Anti-Racism: Digital Resources About Racism and Resistance

Find online resources to help teach the history of racism, the context for the current uprisings, and anti-racist activism—all available with a library card.

New York Times Book List

A list of several titles broken down by age range can help explain racism and protest to your students.