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Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools
Watch a short clip from a book talk at my neighborhood branch of Boston Public Library

It’s often said that in school we need to treat all children as if they were our own. Susan Naimark takes this command seriously. Her extraordinary memoir chronicles a life of commitment to racial equality and social justice. Anyone concerned with schools and equality will be challenged but also inspired by the stories in The Education of a White Parent.

– Bill Bigelow, Editor, Rethinking Schools

For nearly twenty years, Boston was ground zero for the major controversies surrounding race and education in the United States. As an observer, parent and local policymaker in many of the dramas that have unfolded there, Susan Naimark has unique insights that she shares with candor and compassion in this important book.

– Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., Professor of Education, New York University

This book is a must-read for all those looking for a frank and refreshingly candid conversation about racial and class dynamics and politics in America.

– Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and co-author of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform

Ms. Naimark’s inaugural work hits the mark regarding the role that race and privilege play in assuring whether children will be educated by this country, or not. This is a relevant reflection that should inform today’s debate about what and how reform can actually succeed.

– Flozell Daniels, Jr., CEO & President, Foundation for Louisiana

Susan Naimark has written a simply wonderful book about her journey to racial awareness and parent activism. This is a rare and honest look into the mind and heart of a white parent struggling to find the best education for her children while fighting for a better education for ALL students.

– Mark R. Warren, Associate Professor of Public Policy & Public Affairs, University of MA – Boston, and author of Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice

Susan Naimark offers her compelling and courageous white voice to the critical conversation about achieving racial equity in public education.  I am hopeful that other white parents will follow her example and heed her challenge by joining our collective civil rights struggle for anti-racist schooling.  It is truly what is best for ALL children.

– Glenn E. Singleton, President & CEO, Pacific Educational Group, and author of Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools

Wow! I sat down and read your book virtually in one day!! Loved it!  You have written a very important book filled with insight, wisdom, guidance, and passion. Thank you!

– Patti DeRosa, antiracist activist, ChangeWorks Consulting

Available now from Levellers Press