028, (Keynote only) Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race”

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This episode is a recording of a keynote speech by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum at the 11th Annual “Insisting on Equity Conference” presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of race, focusing specifically on race in education, racial identity development in teenagers, and assimilation of black families and youth in white neighborhoods. Dr. Tatum also served as the ninth president of Spelman College, the oldest historically black women’s college in the United States. Her critically acclaimed book, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race,  was released again as a special 20th anniversary edition in September 2017. Since its original publication in 1997, the book has been listed on the Independent Bookstore Bestseller list and was selected as the multicultural book of the year in 1998 by the National Association of Multicultural Education. The New York Times recommended the book as required reading for private school teachers and administrators in the greater New York area who were dealing with issues of race and class. Dr. Tatum is also the author of Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987) and has published widely in social science and education journals. In May 2007, Dr. Tatum released Can We Talk About Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation.

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production) http://www.PodLauncher.com

027, City Council candidates PART 4: CHRISTOPHER CLARK, St. Anthony Village, MN

779CHRISTOPHER CLARK is one of six Saint Anthony Village, MN City Council candidates for the November 7, 2017 Municipal and School District General Elections. (Recorded 10/09/2017).

Read more about Christopher Clark and the other five candidates in a Northeaster Newspaper article: http://www.mynortheaster.com/news/six-vie-for-seats-on-st-anthony-city-council-printed/

ALL SIX CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO BE INTERVIEWED on this podcast touching on the topics and questions below. CLICK HERE to view municipal candidate filings or the following link:

http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingResults.aspx?county=0&municipality=0&schooldistrict=0&hospitaldistrict=0&level=0&party=0&federal=True&judicial=False&executive=True&senate=True&representative=True&title=Council+Member+(St.+Anthony)+(Elect+2)&office=0&candidateid=0

The St. Anthony Village, MN community has had three significant and high-profile events in the past several years that have sparked a great deal of discussion around social justice issues: Abu Harraira, the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile, and the displacement of 100+ low income residents from Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park. Each of these implicates very big and important issues our larger society is currently wrestling with:

A) islamaphobia and anti-muslim bias;
B) police violence against communities of color and the breakdown of police-community relations
C) the “affordable housing crisis” and whether we adequately safeguard the disadvantaged in our society.

Interview Questions:
1. What have you learned from these events?
2. In your opinion, why did these three events happen?
3. Are these events significant in your opinion, and if so, why?
4. How have you worked to welcome Abu Haraira members and the Muslim community into St Anthony?
5. How have you supported our former Lowry Grove neighbors?
6. Many families in our community and around the country have had deeper conversations about race, white privilege and equity since the shooting of Philando Castile. What are some things you’ve learned from these discussions with your own family? How have those conversations reshaped your values, if at all?
7. What is the role of government in leading, or at least participating in, the community’s response to significant events such as these?
8. Where do we go from here (how do we do better), and how as a councilperson, would you contribute, if not lead, as we move forward?

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production) http://www.PodLauncher.com