Star Scholar Says New Anti-Racism Center Will ‘Ask Different Questions’


Just seven years after receiving his Ph.D., 35-year-old Ibram X. Kendi has reached academic milestones that many junior scholars can only dream of.

Mr. Kendi, who has been an assistant professor of African-American history at the University of Florida for two years, has published essays in The New York Times, Time magazine,  Newsweek,  and The Chronicle. He has written two acclaimed books and plans to publish his third next year. One of the first two books, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books), won the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction, making him the youngest winner of that award in more than 30 years.

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