Kaolin is a white woman who was born in 1951 in Brooklyn, NY. and attended Adele's play group until graduating from St. Savior's grade school in 1964. Kaolin, attended St. Agnes Seminary H.S. in Brooklyn, NY graduated in '69 and attended, Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ for a short time before marrying and having two children with George A. Williams, an African American Vietnam Vet & NYC firefighter from Squad One, in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Williams is in several documentaries, including the most recently acclaimed "Hidden Battles" produced by Victoria Mills who also hails from NYC
Kaolin's work is included in many publications; she has also performed in many mediums such as: a vocalist in a summer series at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center in NYC in "Children of Adam" produced by the Urban Arts Corps and conducted by Chapman Roberts; fund-raised for the Audre Lorde Poetry Center at Hunter College; worked on the WBAI FM broadcasting program "Doing it for Ourselves; assisted the Parent's hot-line under its creator Judge Gertrude Bacon and rec'd. a scholarship to work on Kate Millett's ("Sexual Politics", "Sita", "The Loony Bin Trip") Women's Art Colony in upstate NY (1990).
Kaolin has also worked in politics organizing marches on Washington, D.C. for Peace & Justice and US Intervention out of Central America and as the Health Benefits Field Rep. for the Local 205 - D.C. 1707 Welfare Fund on Varick Street in NYC. Deeply invested in social services since 1991 and education, Kaolin is also a member of the Anti-Racism Committee in the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Writer's Union (NWU) and Local 2322 UAW.
Kaolin does public speaking and consults with teachers and activists who are using her book "Talking About Race: A Workbook About White People Fostering Racial Equality in Their Lives". In addition to teaching, Kaolin is in several documentaries and designs study guides and workshop training programs for organizations, schools and programs that are dedicated to fostering racial equality in the work place and their communities.
Kaolin attended Holyoke Community College and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst summa cum laude. She also metriculted at Smith College where she studied voice for a time.
Received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. He has received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debs Award, the Upton Sinclair Award the Lannan Literary Award and the Prix des Amis du Monde Award.
Talking About Race is wonderfully engaging, truly conversational, and because it is so personal it takes the subject out of the realm of academic discussion and confronts readers with the reality of their own thoughts, their own experiences. I think it would be a very useful book for teachers and students.
Kaolin's narrative is a compelling mix of first-rate analysis, personal stories, and practical, illuminating exercises that help readers utilize this book as a living, evolving document. By asking readers to stop and reflect as they move through the text, Kaolin gives us all a chance to breathe, take in the deep and important material herein, and then push forward in the struggle against racism, in ourselves and society.