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Tickets and registration now available for “Color of Education 2019” featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of NC

Registration and tickets are now available for Color of Education 2019, the second annual statewide summit focused on race, equity and education in North Carolina. To register and purchase tickets, please visit

Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates will headline this event as part of his official book tour for his forthcoming novel “The Water Dancer” slated for release on September 24. In addition to a reading from his novel and a Q&A session with the audience, Coates will be joined on stage for an in-conversation with Dr. William “Sandy” Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, about race in America.

Color of Education is a partnership of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and Duke Policy Bridge at the Sanford School of Public Policy. The inaugural event in October 2018 featured New York Times Magazine reporter and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Color of Education 2019 will include a full day of workshops and presentations focused on racial equity and eliminating racial disparities in education, featuring an impressive lineup of leading experts in the field. In addition to Coates, featured speakers will include Ali Michael, co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators and Ronda Bullock, co-founder and executive director of we are (working to extend anti-racist education).

This year’s conference is sponsored in part by the Grable Foundation. Bookmark #ColorOfEducation on Twitter to follow this year’s event.


If you’re interested in sponsoring Color of Education 2019, please contact Marisa Bryant at

Color of Education

Color of Education is a collaboration between the Public School Forum of NC, The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and Policy Bridge at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Sandra Conway of Conway and Associates provided key partnership design. Color of Education seeks to build deeper connections across the fields of research, policy, and practice and bring together communities, educators, policymakers, experts and other key stakeholders focused on achieving racial equity in education across the state of North Carolina.   

The impact of race in education was a central focus of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI: Expanding Education Opportunity in North Carolina. The Committee on Racial Equity’s findings and recommendations were published in October 2016. The committee covered issues such as resegregation, teacher diversity, discipline disparity and lack of access to advanced, more rigorous coursework for students of color.

About Public School Forum of North Carolina

Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow us on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our website at

About Duke Policy Bridge at Sanford

Deep engagement with the policy world is one of the Sanford School’s core values. The Policy Bridge was created to promote engagement as a two-way street, amplify the impact of our research to benefit society, and help our faculty and students be more aware of and responsive to the needs of the policy community.

Our aim is that:

  • Duke’s scholarly research gets to policymakers and influencers when and how they need it.
  • The real-world knowledge and questions of these groups informs and strengthens research.

Bridge with us on Twitter @Policy_Bridge

About Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

The Duke Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is a scholarly collaborative engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality and in the assessment and redesign of remedies for inequality and its adverse effects. Concerned with the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to the study of human difference and disparity. Ranging from the global to the local, 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 @DUSocialEquity and visit our website at


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