RALEIGH, NC (August 1, 2023) – Dr. Lisa Delpit will deliver the keynote address at this year’s 3 Color of Education Summit on October 7, 2023. Lisa D. Delpit is currently the principal of the consulting firm, Delpit Learning. Formerly, she was the Executive Director/Eminent Scholar for the Center for Urban Education & Innovation at Florida International University and the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she is an internationally-known speaker and writer whose work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations, and pedagogy of teachers of color. Delpit’s work on school-community relations and cross-cultural communication was cited as a contributor to her receiving a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1990. Dr. Delpit describes her strongest focus as “finding ways and means to best educate marginalized students, particularly African-American, and other students of color.” She has used her training in ethnographic research to spark dialogues between educators on issues that have an impact on students typically least well-served by our educational system. Dr. Delpit is particularly interested in teaching and learning in multicultural societies, having spent time studying these issues in Alaska, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and in various urban and rural sites in the continental United States.
Her most recent book, Teaching When the World Is On Fire, was published in 2019. Her 2012 book, “Multiplication is For White People”: Raising Standards for Other People’s Children, explores strategies to increase expectations and academic achievement for marginalized children and was named one of the 20 best-selling education books of 2013 by Library Journal. It was also selected by the American School Board Journal as one of eight “notable books” for 2012. Another of Delpit’s books, Other People’s Children, has sold well over a quarter of a million copies and received the American Educational Studies Association’s “Book Critic Award,” Choice Magazine’s Eighth Annual Outstanding Academic Book Award, and has been named “A Great Book” by Teacher Magazine. Her other books include The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children; and The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom.
This year’s Color of Education Summit will also include an address from Mr. Jerry Craft. He is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid and Class Act. New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020), the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City.
Color of Education brings together people from all over North Carolina to exchange ideas and strategies that address systemic racial inequities and will include sessions focused on racial equity featuring leading experts in the field. Information will be updated on the registration site in the coming weeks. Continue to visit the page to see event developments including book signing opportunities!
Registration and tickets are now available for this sixth annual statewide *hybrid* summit focused on race, equity and education in North Carolina. To register, purchase tickets, and purchase merchandise for the event, which will take place in-person & virtually Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, please visit events.floodcenter.org/en/2023ColorofEducationSummit.
Color of Education is a partnership between the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity & Opportunity, Public School Forum of North Carolina, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.
Color of Education is grateful for the support of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Peter and Sandra Conway, Tom and Mary Mac Bradshaw, Schwartz Law, DLR Group, and Education Policy Initiative at North Carolina (EPIC). Additional sponsorship opportunities for this event are available using this link.
Get ready to use the following hashtags and handles on Twitter to follow this year’s hybrid event @DudleyFloodCtr, @NCForum, #HistoryCounts, #FloodEquity, and #ColorOfEducation on Twitter.
About the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity
The Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity & Opportunity (Flood Center) serves as a hub to identify and connect organizations, networks, and leaders to address issues of equity, access, and opportunity in education across North Carolina. The Flood Center works collaboratively to take action toward addressing issues of systemic racism by advocating for structural changes in policy and practice to build an equitable education system that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of NC’s diverse student population. Specifically, the Dudley Flood Center exists to create an equitable education system by addressing the systemic inequities plaguing the educational system which limit opportunity and access for PK – 12 students and educators. Follow the Flood Center on Twitter @DudleyFloodCtr and visit our website at www.ncforum.org/floodcenter
About the Public School Forum of North Carolina
Since our founding in 1985 as a nonpartisan “think and do tank,” the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been a champion of better schools and one of the most trusted sources in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. In order to provide meaningful action on our state’s most important public education issues, we bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do this through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow us on social media at @theNCForum and visit our website at http://www.ncforum.org/
About the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University
The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is a scholarly collaborative that studies the causes and consequences of inequality and develops remedies for these disparities and their adverse effects. Concerned with the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of uneven access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to the study of human difference and disparity. Considering both global and local shortcomings, Cook Center scholars not only address the overarching social problem of general inequality, but they also explore social problems associated with gender, race, ethnicity and religious affiliation. Follow the Cook Center on Twitter @DukeSocialEQ and visit our website at https://socialequity.duke.edu/
About the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
The Center for Child and Family Policy pursues science-based solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families. The Center emphasizes the bridge from research to policy and practice through an integrated system of research, teaching, service and policy engagement. Center research has grown to include an array of projects that touch on critical child and family policy issues. Center faculty fellows include a trio of scholars who focus on the effect of economic distress on child development. Other fellows study early childhood, the development of risky behaviors, childhood mental illness and a wide range of education policy issues including school truancy, charter schools, teacher training and education reform efforts.
Follow the Center for Child and Family Policy on Twitter @DukeChildPol and visit our website at https://childandfamilypolicy.duke.edu/