Centre College will honor the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during its annual community convocation on Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at the College’s Norton Center for the Arts.
This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a widely recognized race relations expert and leader in higher education. Her convocation address, “The Call To Lead,” will speak of the importance of leadership and diversity in education.
Centre’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Rodman King says it is a great honor for the College to host a speaker of the caliber of Tatum, who served as president of Spelman College in Atlanta from 2002-2015.
“Her work on racial identity development and the need for meaningful conversations regarding race is of ever increasing importance in light of the pressing issues we face as a community and as a nation regarding diversity, inclusion and social justice,” says King.
Tatum’s expertise on racial identity and the role of race in the classroom have been consistent themes in her works, including such publications as Can We Walk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race (1997) and Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987).
Tatum holds a B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in religious studies from Hartford Seminary. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Westfield State University; and Mount Holyoke College.
Her tireless persistence in education and her leadership in academia has also been recognized with numerous awards, including the Brock International Prize in Education in 2005 and the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award in 2013. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.
In addition to Tatum’s remarks, the convocation will feature a performance by the Male Choir of Danville’s First Baptist Church. Following the event, a public reception and book signing will be offered at 8 p.m. in the Norton Center foyer.
by Amy Clark Wise
January 12, 2015