Daudi Abe at the Library (Virtually)

The library has so many great virtual programs in the mix these days, there is a danger that some events can get lost in the shuffle. To prevent that, we want to make you doubly aware of an excellent program that is happening on our Crowdcast channel this Thursday ,February 11 at 6pm: 

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Principal’s Office? with Daudi Abe 

Simply sign in on the library’s Crowdcast page and you can watch it live. If the timing doesn’t work for you, never fear. The program will be accessible for a week after the presentation. 

Here is a brief synopsis to pique your interest:  

Beginning as early as preschool, Black students are disproportionately suspended and expelled from school. As many of these students reach adulthood, these punishments can lead to legal trouble, creating what some call the “school-to-prison pipeline” that affects many Black communities. 

Why are Black students punished more than others in the classroom? Based on his extensive research and teaching experience, Abe demonstrates that the racial achievement gap cannot be solved without first addressing the discipline gap. In communities across the state, crucial questions must be faced: What is the difference between subjective and objective forms of discipline? What is “academic self-esteem” and “Cool Pose?” And in a state where 90% of teachers are White and the student body is only 56% White, would a more diverse teaching staff help? Does the discipline gap affect other communities of color? And what solutions can we can learn to help ALL students succeed? 

Daudi Abe is a professor, writer, and historian who has taught and written about race, gender, education, hip-hop, and sports for over 20 years. His books include the forthcoming Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle, and his work has appeared in The Stranger and The Seattle Times as well as the Crosscut and Blackpast websites. Abe holds an MA in human development and a PhD in education from the University of Washington. 

So join us on Thursday, or in the days to come, for this exciting and important program.