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Gail L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Dr. Gail L. Thompson, Fayetteville State University's Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education, and former member of the California State Board of Education's "African American Advisory Committee," has written six books: A Brighter Day: How Parents Can Help African American Youth; The Power of One: How You Can Help or Harm African American Students; Up Where We Belong: Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life; African American Teens Discuss Their Schooling Experiences; What African American Parents Want Educators to Know; and Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know but are Afraid to Ask About African American Students. She co-wrote a seventh book, Exposing the Culture of Arrogance in the Academy: A Blueprint for Increasing Black Faculty Satisfaction, with Dr. Angela Louque. Dr. Thompson's work has also been published in three edited books, USA Today, and numerous academic journals.
She has appeared on PBS television's Tony Brown's Journal, numerous radio programs, and has been quoted in numerous newspaper articles. Dr. Thompson has served as a reviewer for several academic journals and educational organizations, and has done presentations, keynote addresses, workshops, and consultant work throughout the U.S. and two presentations in Canada. Dr. Thompson taught at a public junior high school for three years, and at a public high school for 11 years. She is married to Rufus, an educator, and they have three children, Dr. Nafissa, Thompson-Spires, NaChe', a high school teacher, and Stephen, a college undergraduate, and a grandson, Iveren.