October 29, 2020

Author Study: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Join us for Oakwood’s school-wide study of author, activist, and antiracist scholar Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Our community read will come to an extraordinary conclusion this coming spring when we welcome Dr. Kendi as our guest for the final Voices Envisioned talk of the school year, on May 12, 2021! 

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Kendi next spring, and continuing to learn together as a community.

We invite each of you to start reading (or listening to) one of the following books now:

Stamped from the Beginning, The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
“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.”—from the Author’s website

While all of these books are compelling “must-reads” we are strongly recommending that you start with this one, particularly in its audible format. Although a YA adaptation of Stamped from the Beginning, adults will be enthralled with Jason Reynolds’ dynamic narration of this book!

How to Be an Antiracist
“In this memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science—including the story of his own awakening to antiracism—bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form…”—from the Author’s website

Antiracist Baby
It’s never too young to start engaging our children in racial justice work! This whimsically illustrated mini board book, written in lyrical rhyme, offers practical tips to raise an antiracist baby starting at Step 1 and ending at Step 9.