Sunday, February 10, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a lecture and book signing about the intersection of Black education and civil rights, and its legacy today. Copies of The Lost Education of Horace Tate will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public.
About the Program
The Lost Education of Horace Tate tells the gripping and largely untold story of how Black educators in the South quietly, but courageously, laid the groundwork for one of the greatest victories of the civil rights movement over the course of nearly a century. As timely as it is inspiring, Vanessa Siddle Walker’s compelling narrative also examines what was lost in the integration of public schools—namely, many of the distinctive insights and practices that enabled African American educators to prepare Black children not only to succeed academically, but also to be full and equal participants in American democracy—and how the nation continues to suffer for that loss. In this moment when cities from coast to coast are actively reckoning, still, with separate and unequal schools, this history sheds light on the most pressing questions and debates in American education today. Drawing on extensive interviews with Dr. Horace Tate, an influential Black educator in the middle decades of the twentieth century, and his voluminous archives, Walker discovered an entire hidden network of heroic black educational leaders.
Black educators, in the South especially, have been unsung champions in the quest for justice in American public schools. . . .Walker’s extensively documented work is a much-needed corrective contextualizing the landscape of school desegregation; required reading for those interested in the past, present, and future of education of African American children. —Library Journal
About the Author
Vanessa Siddle Walker, a professor at Emory University, has studied the segregated schooling of Black children for more than twenty years. She is a member of the National Academy of Education, has received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in education and is the 104th president of the American Educational Research Association. She lives outside of Atlanta.
NOTE: Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the library. You may secure a parking pass from the library’s concierge desk. Also, recording of any kind is not permitted at Baton Foundation events.