Ibram X. Kendi, Author of Stamped from the Beginning, Delivers Campus Book Talk

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons

Ibram X. Kendi, assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida, will deliver a talk on his book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, at 4 p.m. in Room 207 of the H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Ave. Afterwards, he will sign copies of the book. The event is free and open to the public.

Published earlier this year to critical acclaim, Stamped from the Beginning crushes the notion that Americans somehow are enjoying a "post-racial society." In fact, Kendi argues, the nation is currently experiencing a period of a "more sophisticated and more insidious" racist climate—which he sees as being passed down by intelligent people who were determined to justify deeply discriminatory policies and attitudes. The book examines the experiences of five legendary Americans, including Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis, to explore the tumult between the purveyors of bigotry and those who seek a reckoning on race.

"[W]hile racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited," Kendi writes.

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