In this deeply personal and empowering conversation, Kendi shifts the conversation from ‘how not to be racist, to how to be actively antiracist’. For educators, this is an opportunity to take actionable steps to be an antiracist educator and advocate for youth. For everyone, this is an opportunity to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, and the youngest-ever winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also a 2020–2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where he will continue work on his next historical monograph, Bones of Inequity: A Narrative History of Racist Policies in America.
A professor of history, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a correspondent at CBS News. His first book The Black Campus Movement won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize. In 2016, he won the National Book Award for Nonfiction at 34 years old for his best seller Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. It was also a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
Professor Kendi’s third book, the #1 New York Times best seller, How to Be an Antiracist, was hailed by the Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” How to Be an Antiracist has been named in several lists of best books of 2019, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Time, and NPR. He also co-authored the #1 New York Times best seller, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a young-adult version of Stamped from the Beginning. He recently released his first board book, Antiracist Baby.
For more information on Dr. Ibram X Kendi, please visit https://www.prhspeakers.com/
About the hosts:
The Twin Cities is often recognized as one of our nation’s most livable communities; however, Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding cities are home to some of the greatest racial inequities in the country. The economic gulf between black and white families is higher in Minneapolis than nearly anywhere else in America, $36,000 for black families compared to $86,000 for white families (Washington Post). According to data from the US Department of Education, Minnesota ranks last or second to last in the US for 4-year high school graduation for Black, LatinX, and Native American students. Teach For America and Educators for Excellence have been among the leading education organizations in Minnesota working together to remove barriers around education and racial disparities in our state to ensure more students learn, lead, and thrive.