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Do Right by Me: Learning to Raise Black Children in White Spaces
by Valerie I. Harrison and Kathryn Peach D'Angelo
Temple University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-4399-1996-5 | Paper: 978-1-4399-1995-8

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK

For decades, Katie D’Angelo and Valerie Harrison engaged in conversations about race and racism. However, when Katie and her husband, who are white, adopted Gabriel, a biracial child, Katie’s conversations with Val, who is black, were no longer theoretical and academic. The stakes grew from the two friends trying to understand each other’s perspectives to a mother navigating, with input from her friend, how to equip a child with the tools that will best serve him as he grows up in a white family. 


Through lively and intimate back-and-forth exchanges, the authors share information, research, and resources that orient parents and other community members to the ways race and racism will affect a black child’s life—and despite that, how to raise and nurture healthy and happy children. These friendly dialogues about guarding a child’s confidence and nurturing positive racial identity form the basis for Do Right by Me. Harrison and D’Angelo share information on transracial adoption, understanding racism, developing a child’s positive racial identity, racial disparities in healthcare and education, and the violence of racism. 


Do Right by Me also is a story about friendship and kindness, and how both can be effective in the fight for a more just and equitable society.

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