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Ibram Kendi on Stamped From the Beginning
February 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Click here to RSVP: Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, author Ibram X. Kendi chronicles the entire history of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation’s racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them–and in the process, gives us reason to hope.
Ibram X. Kendi is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction and is a New York Times best seller. Kendi is also the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement. He has published essays in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, Time, and The Washington Post.
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