Currently alive, at 61 years of age.
1954 – Born on September 27th in Tallahassee, Florida. Educator and clinical psychologist.
1975 – Tatum received her B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University.
1976 – She went on to receive her M.A. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1980 – Tatum began her career in higher education as a lecturer in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
1984 – Received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
1997 – Chairman of psychology department at Mount Holyoke College.
1998 – Tatum was appointed as Dean of the College and Vice President for Student Affairs.
– Tatum has also written two widely acclaimed books, Assimilation Blues: Black Families in White Communities: Who Succeeds and Why? and "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race, which was named Multicultural Book of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Education.
2000 – Tatum received her M.A. degree in religious studies from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut.
2002 – She was appointed Acting President of Mount Holyoke College before assuming the presidency at Spelman College.