AACRAO Book Club: How to be an Antiracist

February 23, 2021

AACRAO's member led book club meets monthly, choosing a content piece (novel, short story, graphic novel, etc.) to read over the course of the month, culminating in a one hour long discussion of thoughts, takeaways, and questions at the end. 

February's selection is How to be an Antiracist, by Dr. Ibram X Kendi, one of AACRAO's plenary speakers at our 2021 (106th) Annual Meeting

When Dr. Ibram X. Kendi won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016 for a book about the history of racist ideas in America, some people felt a disconnect. Emerging from eight years of leadership under an African-American president, a narrative was building in America about the emergence of a post-racial society, colorblind to race and valuing merit over skin color.

Kendi challenges this notion in his New York Times-bestselling book Stamped from the Beginning, taking an expansive view on race and racist ideas that spans from 15th century Europe until modern day America. Kendi’s insight on racist structures are the focus of his latest book, How to Be an Antiracist, which empowers readers and audiences to not only recognize the pervasive influence of racism and racist ideas, but to actively participate in dismantling them.

Get your copy of How to Be an Antiracist today, and register for the discussion on February 23, hosted by Joyce R. Phillip and Dr. Soraira Urquiza.

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Joyce R. Phillip

President, Dynamic Dimensions Unlimited, LLC

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Dr. Soraira Urquiza

Registrar, California Institute of the Arts

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