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

Image of Tatum bookThis past spring Associate Dean Dorothy Sheppard announced, "In an effort to provide incoming freshmen with a shared experience, beginning this year, we are asking each incoming class to read the same book. This year’s freshman class will be reading Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s 1997 book, 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?' The book offers a perspective on cultural and racial identity development."

Dean Sheppard and the Orientation 2007 staff invite all members of the JHU community to read this book as well: "We feel that the more members in the community who read the book, the greater the impact will be for the entire campus. Our hope is that reading the book will foster mutual respect and a renewed commitment to community here at Hopkins."

There will be facilitated discussions of the book for freshmen during fall orientation, but we in the Libraries encourage you to participate in this project as well and offer this blog space for an online conversation about the book. Below are links to the library catalog records for the book.

"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum.
1st ed. (1997) on reserve at Eisenhower Library
Two copies of the 2003 edition, with a new epilogue by the author, also on reserve

Selected reviews are available after the jump.

REVIEWS

(Note: If you're not on campus or not using JHSecure, you'll need to follow the proxy instructions when clicking on the links to book reviews. For more information about this, see http://www.library.jhu.edu/services/computing/remoteaccess.html)

"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
Mark Englefield. Mankind Quarterly. Summer 2005. Vol. 45, Iss. 4; pp. 492-493.

"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race
Karl A Smith, Toni A H McNaron. Journal of Engineering Education. Jul. 2000. Vol. 89, Iss. 3; p. 258.

"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
Patricia Bedi, Catherine Dorsey-Gaines. Language Arts. May 1999. Vol. 76, Iss. 5; p. 426.

Interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum
Eric Ries. Techniques. Feb. 1999. Vol. 74, Iss. 2; p. 42.

"Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" and other conversations about the development of racial identity (Book Review).
J.L. Garrett. The Educational Forum. Winter 1999. Vol. 63, Iss. 2; p. 188-9.

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race
Craig Heller. Childhood Education. Fall 1998. Vol. 75, Iss. 1; p. 52.

Understanding racial identity development among school age children.
Carla Bradley, Mark Kiselica. Professional School Counseling. Oct. 1998. Vol. 2, Iss. 1; p. 83.

Discovering diversity's divide.
Stefanie Weiss. NEA Today. Mar. 1998. Vol. 16, Iss. 7; p. 45.

Book Review: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race. By Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.
James D. Troester. Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy. 1998. Vol. 8, Iss. 2; p. 93-94.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together? A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum
John O'Neil. Educational Leadership. Dec. 1997/Jan. 1998. Vol. 55, Iss. 4; p. 12.

Putting identity on the table
Patricia A. Turner. Emerge. Nov. 1997. Vol. 9, Iss. 2; p. 101.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race
Genevieve Stuttaford, Maria Simson, Jeff Zaleski. Publishers Weekly. Aug. 4, 1997. Vol. 244, Iss. 32; p. 57.

About Andi Bartelstein

Andi Bartelstein is Instructional Services Coordinator and Librarian for Education and Counseling at the Sheridan Libraries.

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