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African American, Gifted

Two significant events occurred in 1954 that had a profound impact on the education of gifted students who were African American. Indisputably, the first was Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, which required that African Americans receive an equal education in desegregated settings. Second was the creation of the National Association for Gifted Children, the prominent advocacy organization for students identified as gifted. Both developments, one focused on diversity and equity, and the other focused on giftedness and equity, represented unprecedented opportunities to meet the needs of gifted African American students.

Attention to the issue of African Americans in gifted education is riddled with controversy. Gifted education has received much criticism from both advocates and opponents. The primary criticism is that African Americans are consistently underrepresented ...

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