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Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners Paperback – October 15, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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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Not as many suggestions on how to find and apply for gifted programs as I had hoped. Also, I was hoping there would be more information on scholarships that may be available at... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Juan
Kudos to Dr. Davis for crafting such a wonderful book! This is the first and only book of its kind in the field of gifted education, focusing specifically on Black families and... Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Tarek Grantham, Ph.D., Professor at UGA
This book offers lots of practical advice for parents of gifted students. The focus on communication and involvement in your child's education is evident throughout. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Joy Lawson Davis unlocks the mysteries of the gifted child in this amazing book. Dr. Davis' approach is thorough with enough scholarly touches to make this an enjoyable and worthy... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Lovelace Lee III
This book touches on all aspects of what gifted children need/require to be successful in school. It is a great guide for the benefit of really ALL gifted learners in a school, no... Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by Elizabeth Cross
I am presently reading Dr. Joy Lawson-Davis' wonderful book, Bright, Talented & Black! It is an excellent resource for ANY parent, teacher, our organization sharing ways to bring... Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by KayDee Daytime Star!
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