Probing how Racist Ideas are Born
Changemakers: Ibram X Kendi traces the toxin to its source
April 26, 2017
We usually think that ideas lead to policies. But a book by NEA Higher Ed member Ibram X. Kendi argues persuasively that it’s actually the other way around.
The book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, walks us through the centuries to show how racist policies and discriminatory actions have led people to hold—and spread—racist ideas to justify them. You can read a fascinating Q&A with Kendi in the Winter 2017 edition of Thought & Action. He won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction—at 34, the youngest-ever winner in that category.
Keep Learning About Black History With These 23 Vital Books
The Gainesville Sun
April 1, 2017
Although his award-winning book focuses on the past, Ibram X. Kendi shares the ideas and context that explain the present and could shape the future.
Kendi began tracing the backstory of particular racist beliefs and sayings around the time Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in 2012 — drawing inspiration and motivation from the raw emotions and national protests.
Alumnus honored with National Book Award
February 27, 2017
Ibram X. Kendi examines how racist ideas were spread throughout American history in this sweeping, award-winning history of thought. Bonus: He recently published a reading list in The New York Times, consisting of 24 books he describes as “the most influential books on race and the black experience published in the United States for each decade of the nation’s existence.”
The 4 Books Donald Trump Needs To Read, According To The National Book Foundation's Director
January 31, 2017
When Ibram X. Kendi was studying for his doctoral degree in African American studies at Temple, he said he asked his professor Ama Mazama, “If we can’t be objective, what can we do?”
“We should just tell the truth,” Mazama said.
Ibram Kendi Directs Nation’s Focus to History of Racism
January 24, 2017
In a recent interview with Time, Lisa Lucas, the director of the National Book Foundation, recommends four books for Trump to read, including a title from vocal opponent and civil rights leader, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). "We were so lucky to have such a wonderful reader in President Obama," Lucas says, highlighting the 44th POTUS' oft-repeated assertion "that reading novels helped to make him a better citizen." Unfortunately, Donald Trump doesn't read nearly as much as his predecessor, but Lucas says she "can only hope that [he] is as interested in our stories, lives and literature" as President Obama was.
2016 in reading: Favorite books of the year
Diverse Issues in Higher Ed
January 9, 2017
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi hopes that the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction he was awarded for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, could bring more attention to other scholars taking a hard look at the history of racism in America.
Give Someone a Good Read With 1 of These 26 Best Books by Black Authors
December 28, 2016
'Tis the season for book lists. What are the books that stuck with you this year? What was your favorite read — new or old?
Lisa Lucas, the executive director of the National Book Foundation, and Matt Keliher, manager at Subtext Books in St. Paul, joined MPR News host Kerri Miller to share their lists.
A scholarly chat on our racial heritage
December 17, 2016
Looking for a great book? Looking for a great gift? Here are 26 of the best books by black authors published in 2016. They are realistic stories, science fiction and fantasy stories, mystery thrillers, investigative journalism and histories. Ranging from fiction to poetry, short stories to essay collections, there is something here for every taste.
New history clarifies the workings of racism; author Ibram X. Kendi shares his thoughts
December 8, 2016
Racism, an intricate component of the American saga since colonial times, is arguably the most contradictory element of the ideals upon which the country was founded, and a provocative rebuttal brought up whenever the United States seeks to point fingers at the human rights violations of its neighbors, in its self-appointed role as global policeman. Now, in a new millennium and well into our second century as a republic, this scar across the conscience of our nation is ever prominent as we embark upon the start of a new, polarizing Presidential administration.
The most ambitious, irritating, hopeful and overrated books of 2016 — and the best one, too
The Seattle Times
December 5, 2016
Ibram X. Kendi says there is nothing wrong with black people. There’s nothing wrong with women or sexual minorities or Native Americans. But there is something very wrong with policies that disadvantage so many people who have been defined as deficient.
The Washington Post
December 2, 2016
The presidential race dominated my reading this year — like it seemed to dominate everything. So as I sift through my 2016 stacks, I see plenty of works on politics, candidate memoirs and books hitting on hot-button campaign debates.
NEA Member’s Exploration Into Racist Ideas Wins National Book Award
The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 2, 2016
Ibram X. Kendi hugged his wife, climbed to the stage at the National Book Awards, and turned to address the black-tie-clad literati gathered at Cipriani Wall Street, an event space in New York. His Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books) had just won the prize for nonfiction, and he acknowledged, among others, his 6-month-old daughter, Imani, whose name, in Swahili, means "faith."
White rage and racist thought: How history puts the resurgence of white nationalism in context
December 1, 2016
In his recent National Book Award-winning book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, NEA Higher Ed member Ibram X. Kendi dives into the world of racist ideas. Recently, Kendi, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, talked with NEA Today about the evolution of racism in the United States, how it continues to impact public education, and how educators can create anti-racist spaces.
You Can't Untangle Race from Class in America
The Dallas News
November 30, 2016
We study history largely so we don't repeat the worst it has to offer. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way.
I've been thinking about this a lot in recent weeks as white nationalist bloviating and hate incidents have increased in the wake of the presidential election. The highest-profile incident remains the recent gathering of so-called "alt-right" leaders in Washington, D.C., which ended in multiple Nazi salutes. Leading the charge was Dallas' own Richard Spencer, a young light in the current suit-and-tie white supremacy movement.
These Are 4 of the Most Important Books of 2016
November 29, 2016
Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won this year's National Book Award for nonfiction, is an altogether remarkable thesis on history, but, in ways that are both moving and immediately painful, it also reverberates with the post-election autopsy we're all conducting right now. Kendi is reading Thursday, December 1, at University Book Store.
UF professor wins National Book Award
November 23, 2016
Last week, the 2016 National Book Awards were announced. Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad (Doubleday) was honored in the fiction category. Daniel Borzutzky won the poetry award for The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press), and Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books) was awarded the nonfiction laurel. In young people's literature, March: Book Three (Top Shelf Productions), a collaboration between Representative John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, was recognized.
La literatura ‘afro’ triunfa en los premios National Book de EE UU
A University of Florida assistant professor of history has received one of the United States' top literary prizes.
The Gainesville Sun reports Ibram Kendi won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," which was published this year.
Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award for ‘The Underground Railroad’
Apenas a 100 metros de distancia del Trump Building de Nueva York y una semana después de que el magnate inmobiliario y estrella de la telerrealidad se impusiera en las urnas, la comunidad literaria se vistió de fiesta y acudió la noche del miércoles en los salones del restaurante Cipriani en Wall Street donde se celebró la gala de los National Book Awards. En la fiesta anual que celebra la literatura estadounidense y que en los últimos años ha querido sumarse al glamour de la alfombra roja con trajes largos y smoking, se impusieron los autores y la temática afromericana en tres de las cuatro categorías, quizá un último legado, este literario, de la era de Obama.
FAMU graduate wins National Book Award
Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for “The Underground Railroad,” a hallucinatory novel about the horrors of American slavery and the sinister permutations of racism.
The novel, which became a best-seller and was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s book club, follows a young slave named Cora who escapes a Georgia plantation and, in a surreal twist, travels north via a literal underground subway.
Ibram X. Kendi, a 2004 graduate of Florida A&M University, was awarded the prize for nonfiction this week at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York.
Kendi, 34, who received the award Wednesday, won for his book, "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America." He is an assistant professor of African-American History at the University of Florida. His area of expertise is in researching racist and anti-racist ideas and movements.