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Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide

Larry B. Feldman, MD and Sandra L. Feldman, MSW

Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide offers a hopeful view of how well-constructed diversity initiatives can combat entrenched racial prejudice and segregation in American life. More than fifty years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, Americans from different racial groups continue to occupy largely segregated worlds: we live in different neighborhoods, pray in different houses of worship, and send our children to different schools. Our perceptions of one another are often distorted by generations of separation, alienation and mistrust.

Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide provides an extensive review of research on methods for reducing stereotypes and prejudice and describes multiple initiatives designed to reduce the negative effects of racial separation by bringing together children, teens, and adults from different racial groups to share a variety of positive experiences.

Concepts in Building Bridges are presented in clear, jargon-free language. Each concept comes alive with detailed examples from a variety of successful programs. Combining specific principles with poignant illustrations, this book will appeal to a wide variety of readers: educators, parents, students, clergy, youth leaders, community organizers, business leaders, and anyone who feels drawn to the goal of "making things better." It will be an excellent text for courses on diversity, race relations, social psychology, sociology, education, parenting, and community development.