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STAMPED: THE STORY
RACE. Uh-oh. The R-word. But actually talking about race is one of the most important things to learn how to do.
This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives. (from Hachettebookgroup.com)
Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of six books. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is a contributor writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News Racial Justice Contributor. He is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.
Hear Jason’s story in a live webcast, hosted by SLO Libraries' Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, and Chula Vista Library's Mara Cabrera.
WEDS, MAY 26 | 6–6:45pm
Ibram X. Kendi Author Talk Hear Dr. Kendi’s story in a live webcast, hosted by California Center for the Book and CSU Chico.
WEDS, April 21 | 5:30pm
READ. DISCUSS. ACT. Challenge
Take part by doing some–or all–of these actionable ideas suggested by our community partners at RaiseUp SLO/R.A.C.E. Matters SLO and the Cal Poly Department of Inclusion and Diversity.
ASK the Author Video Challenge
MARCH 12 – MAY 1
Teens! Record a video of yourself asking Jason Reynolds a question about writing, antiracism, or Stamped; upload it to your favorite social media channel. Tag us at #slocountylibraries or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could be featured on our live webcast with Jason on May 26 at 6p!