Seg. 1: Lenexa Homeless Shelters | Seg. 2: Beverly Daniel Tatum | KCUR

Seg. 1: Lenexa Homeless Shelters | Seg. 2: Beverly Daniel Tatum

Mar 10, 2020

Segment 1: Lenexa, Kansas, is reconsidering its rules around homeless shelters.

Zoning restrictions in Lenexa caused a stir this winter because they precluded the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church from operating a homeless shelter on their campus, which is an old school. A temporary solution was reached, but now the city is taking another look at how it regulates shelters. With possible changes on the horizon, advocates for those experiencing homelessness share their thoughts on the process and its outcomes.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:35: More than 20 years after she wrote her seminal book, school cafeterias look largely the same.

When Beverly Daniel Tatum wrote "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" in 1997, the premise was: Walk into any racially mixed high school cafeteria and you’ll likely see black, white and Latino youths clustered in their own groups. More than two decades later, things remain largely unchanged. Today, Tatum looks again at the issue, and what she sees as a continued futility in discussing racial differences.

Beverly Daniel Tatum will discuss her book and the psychology of racism at 6:30 p.m. at Tuesday, March 10 at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. The event is sold out, but will be streamed live on the library's YouTube channel. Find more information at KCLibrary.org.