National Book Award winner Dr. Ibram X. Kendi joins 2018 Festival line-up


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, will give a keynote lecture as part of the 2018 Festival, sponsored by the Center for Race and Public Education in the South and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

As one of the nation’s most prolific and accomplished young professors of race, writing and speaking to both scholarly and general audiences, Kendi will deliver a lecture on Friday, March 23 at 2:00 PM, titled Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter, that builds on his firm belief that in order to understand racism in America today, we must confront the history of anti-Black ideas.

In his work, Kendi traces this history of racist ideas; beginning in 15th century Europe when racist ideas were used to legitimize slave trade, up until modern day American when unarmed human beings were being killed at the hands of law enforcement officials and #BlackLivesMatter was born. In shedding light on the history of racist ideas, he gives his audience the tools to expose them and reason to hope for the future.

Stamped from the Beginning turns our ideas of the term ‘racism’ upside-down. Kendi writes as a thoughtful cultural historian, aware that he is challenging deeply held, often progressive assumptions. Using a masterful voyage through the history of the U.S. political rhetoric, he argues that even the most fervent anti-racists have been infected with that resilient virus. With his learning, he dares us to find a cure.”—Inscription, 2016 National Book Award, Nonfiction Judges

The program is free to attend, but reserved tickets are required. CLICK HERE to learn more.