Vanessa Siddle Walker | The Lost Education of Horace Tate

Vanessa Siddle Walker | The Lost Education of Horace Tate

Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 3:00 PM

Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

In the epic tradition of "Eyes on the Prize" and with the cultural significance of John Lewis’s "March" trilogy, "The Lost Education of Horace Tate" by Vanessa Siddle Walker is an ambitious and harrowing account of the devoted black educators who battled southern school segregation and inequality.

The Baton Foundation is pleased to host this lecture and book signing at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. The event is free and open to the public.

About the Book

For two years an aging Dr. Horace Tate—a former teacher, principal, and state senator—told Emory University professor Vanessa Siddle Walker about his clandestine travels on unpaved roads under the cover of night, meeting with other educators and with Dr. King, Georgia politicians, and even U.S. presidents. Sometimes he and Walker spoke by phone, sometimes in his office, sometimes in his home; always Tate shared fascinating stories of the times leading up to and following Brown v. Board of Education. Dramatically, on his deathbed, he asked Walker to return to his office in Atlanta, in a building that was once the headquarters of another kind of southern strategy, one driven by integrity and equality.

Just days after Dr. Tate’s passing in 2002, Walker honored his wish. Up a dusty, rickety staircase, locked in a concealed attic, she found the collection: a massive archive documenting the underground actors and covert strategies behind the most significant era of the fight for educational justice. Thus began Walker’s sixteen-year project to uncover the network of educators behind countless battles—in courtrooms, schools, and communities—for the education of black children. Until now, the courageous story of how black Americans in the South won so much and subsequently fell so far has been incomplete. "The Lost Education of Horace Tate" is a monumental work that offers fresh insight into the southern struggle for human rights, revealing little-known accounts of leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson, as well as hidden provocateurs like Horace Tate.

If you are unable to attend this event, you may pre-order a signed copy below.

About the Author

Vanessa Siddle Walker, a professor at Emory University, has studied the segregated schooling of African American children for more than twenty years. She is a former National Academy of Education fellow and has received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in education. She is the author of "Behind Every Movement" and lives in Atlanta.