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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935067028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935067023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa M. Rivero on February 5, 2011
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Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., begins Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners with the poem "Genius Child" by Langston Hughes. Her book is indeed, in Hughes's phrase, "a song for the genius child," comprehensive in scope and unfailingly friendly in tone. Unlike so many books about giftedness that read as dry textbooks or choppy advice manuals, Bright, Talented & Black finds the sweet spot where we come away better informed, newly motivated, and touched by the words of a gifted writer.

The book's chapters tell the story of what it means to be young, Black, and gifted in the United States, and how families can help gifted children to understand their differences, navigate complex peer relationships, find their rightful place in community, and make best use of the school system. Parents who are new to the idea of giftedness will learn valuable knowledge and vocabulary to advocate for their children, and parents who are well-versed in gifted literature will gain fresh insight into the challenges specific to gifted Black children. Here are just a few examples:

* "Many African Americans live with the understanding that they, as individuals, represent their entire race to the majority culture. When a Black person fails at something, the perception often is that all Black people have failed in some way. When a Black person succeeds or even becomes eminent, all Black people are raised up in the wake of this success. This phenomenon is known as `the burden of the race'." (p. 163)
* Because Black children may be in gifted programs that are predominantly White, parents can work to support friendships that transcend race.
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This is really a terrific book... for ANYONE who cares about gifted children of any genetic background (black, white, green, purple, whatever). It's well researched, thorough, covers a wide range of topics, and offers practical suggestions as well as advice on many aspects of giftedness. Joy Davis has obviously done her homework and knows her subject intimately.

Perhaps the best part of this book is how refreshingly straightforward it is about so many difficult issues. There is no tiptoeing around the challenges facing families of children who are gifted, nor the additional and potentially complicating factors of twice exceptionality (gifted AND learning differences) or what one might call "thrice exceptionality": being gifted while Black. This is not the kind of book that encourages you to long, thoughtful navel-gazing, but rather a matter of fact discussion of real life. It's a useful resource on giftedness for parents, teachers, administrators, relatives, and friends. If you're Black, you'll find specialized suggestions. If you're not, you won't feel put off or left out. Most importantly, unless you live in a world that is sparkly white and never touches on the lives of anyone who is not Caucasian (say, another planet), you should read this book.
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If you are a parent of a a Black child who has been identified as gifted, this is an excellent resource. It examines many situations that are specific to being Black AND gifted. I highly recommend this book!
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I live in a very diverse, progressive city, and have been doing advocacy work in our public school district around the needs of advanced learners from every background. Among the many books I've come across, in my efforts to find good resources for families of academically gifted children, Dr. Davis's book, Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners, stands out as so clear, well-researched, accessible, and up-to-date. The book has helped me articulate things, in discussions with teachers and administrators, that I was struggling to put into words. And it has helped me, as a parent and advocate, better understand my children and their peers, the challenges they face, and a path to supporting them. With gratitude to Dr. Davis for producing this excellent resource. I highly recommend the book to both parents and educators.
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We at The Black Academy are delighted to purchase this book and share this information with our students. We see many signs listed in the book in our students and are happy to have a professional point of view as it relates to identifying these indicators. We will also use the book to encourage other parents in our community to find out how they can enhance their child's abilities by cultivating their minds. It is very important that we in the black community work together to build our children through education and I can definitely see Dr. Joy Lawson Davis' book as a positive step towards achieving this. This book is a must have and I would encourage, parents, educators and community leaders alike to purchase it.

T. Banks
The Black Academy
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It was refreshing to see a book that brings awareness and attention to the black gifted population. The book opened with an intriguing historical look at African Americans relationship with education or the lack thereof. The subtitle, “ A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners gave me an excitement about the book, as I began reading I had expectations of going deeper into the challenges of gifted African Americans and looking for answers to the underrepresentation of blacks in gifted programs. I was left feeling a bit unfulfilled in my quest. As an African American, a large part of the book was my story, that which I’ve lived and continue to experience on a day to day so the information wasn’t new, very familiar. It is for this reason that I would not recommend this book to African Americans. I do believe it provides insight into the African American culture which could be useful to educators and others who work with a diverse population. The book also provided very practical steps for identification and strategies for meeting the needs of gifted students. This particular part of the book is very general information and could be applicable to any child in a gifted program. Overall, the book was informative but more depth could have been provided and solutions presented on the challenges facing the gifted African American child.
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