Anti-Racism Book Club: “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi (Virtual Event)

April 11, 2022 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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Join us for an anti-racism book club, which hopes to help facilitate the creation of an inclusive and diverse atmosphere on the campus of The Ohio State University. As a book club participant, you will help to co-construct an open space to read and discuss big questions about race and justice in America. The book club will be reading the National Book Award winning “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi. 

This program is presented in partnership with The College of Education and Human Ecology, with Dr. Donna Ford and Dr. Cynthia Tyson. 

A limited number of books and e-books will be available for check-out at The Ohio State University Libraries.  Columbus Metropolitan Library also has over 40 hard copies and plenty of e-books available.

Book club schedule, 12:00-1:00PM:
Jan 10, 2022 
Feb 14, 2022 
Mar 14, 2022 Rescheduled 
Mar 21, 2022
Apr 11, 2022 

About the book:
Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America; it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. As award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois and legendary activist Angela Davis.

As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial inequities.

In shedding light on this history, “Stamped from the Beginning” offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, Kendi gives us reason to hope.

This virtual program will include automated captioning. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Photo of Tracey Overbey Tracey Overbey
Assistant Professor

Photo of Dr. Donna Ford Dr. Donna Ford
Distinguished Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology
Photo of Dr. Cynthia Tyson Dr. Cynthia Tyson
Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology