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siddlewalker National Academy of Education Member, Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker Delivers Thompson Lecture

The thirty-fifth annual Charles H. Thompson Lecture-Colloquium Series was held on November 5th, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the School of Business Auditorium at Howard University. The Lecture-Colloquium series creates an avenue through which the Howard University School of Education and The Journal of Negro Education are able to explore significant issues in African American and ethnic minority education.

Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American and Educational Studies at Emory University was the keynote speaker on the topic: School "Outer-gration" and "Tokenism": Segregated Black Educators Critique the Promise of Education Reform in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In a historical portrait that elevates the perspective of Black educators in southern segregated schools, this lecture explores the promise of educational equality in Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and considers the ways the promises were systematically eroded in federal and educational practices in the South from 1968 to 1970. Specifically, it examines the reduction in federal language and local practice, and the decentering of the needs of Black children in school educators as voiceless during the era and offer a new lens through which to consider ongoing challenges for educating African American children.