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DPLA Book Talk: The State Must Provide, by Adam Harris
DPLA's October Book Talk will feature Adam Harris, a staff writer at The Atlantic covering national politics and a National Fellow at New America. We'll talk about his book The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal--and How to Set Them Right, a narrative history of racial inequality higher in education.

This book talk will be moderated by Marcia Walker-McWilliams, DPLA board member and executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium.

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America’s colleges and universities have a shameful secret: they have never given Black people a fair chance to succeed. From its inception, our higher education system was not built on equality or accessibility, but on educating—and prioritizing—white students. Black students have always been an afterthought. While governments and private donors funnel money into majority white schools, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and other institutions that have high enrollments of Black students, are struggling to survive, with state legislatures siphoning away federal funds that are legally owed to these schools. In The State Must Provide, Adam Harris reckons with the history of a higher education system that has systematically excluded Black people from its benefits.

Oct 21, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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