Ibram X. Kendi featured in Emory webcast, 'How to Be an Antiracist'

Sept. 10, 2020

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American historian Ibram X. Kendi, a key voice in the conversation about race in America, will be featured in a special live webcast Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 4-5 p.m.

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American historian Ibram X. Kendi, a key voice in the conversation about race in America, will be featured in a special live webcast with Emory University historian and moderator Carol Anderson for “How to Be an Antiracist,” Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. To register, visit engage.emory.edu/kendi.

Kendi, a National Book Award winner, is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi asks each of us to address the systemic racial inequalities and injustice in America by learning how to be an antiracist. Kendi will discuss what is required from us — self-awareness, self-criticism, self-examination — to lead to policy change and make the vision of a just society a shared reality.

Kendi is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers: “How to Be an Antiracist,” an international bestseller that has been translated into several languages; “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and “Antiracist Baby,” illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.

His forthcoming book, due out Oct. 6, is titled, “Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action.”

Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory, is the author of New York Times bestseller “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.” 

The event, hosted by Emory’s Center for Ethics, is sponsored by the James Fowler Ethics Fund in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

“We are at a pivotal time in this country with an opportunity to truly engage ethically and address long-standing, systemic racial injustice and inequity,” says Kathy Kinlaw, associate director of Emory’s Center for Ethics. “It is time for us individually and collectively to ask: What does antiracist action require of each of us? What next steps will we take together?  What role must colleges and universities take as instruments of change?”

Emory’s Center for Ethics recognizes the power of this moment in time and the call for action. This program is the inaugural event honoring James W. Fowler, the first full-time director of the ethics center, who lived a life of scholarship, faith, service and moral courage.

The James Fowler Ethics Fund was created to honor its namesake’s vision and engage others in continuing the work of the Center for Ethics to ignite moral imagination and courage through vital scholarship, engagement and programs that lead to change. For more information about the center’s work, visit www.ethics.emory.edu.