Residents are invited to participate in the Mayor’s Book Club. Join Mayor Lauren Poe as he hosts discussions of the selected book. Meet new people, have meaningful dialogue, get inspired and help put ideas into action at the Mayor’s Book Club.
Selected Book: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Meeting room A, Headquarters Branch of the Alachua Library District, 401 E. University Ave.
More info: Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of other universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, University of Chicago, Wayne State University, Emory University, Duke University, Princeton University, UCLA, Washington University, Wake Forest University, and the historical societies of Kentucky and Southern California. In 2017, The Root 100 listed him as the 29th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45 and the second most influential college professor. In 2019, Kendi was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. "How to be an Antiracist" is Kendi's third book, and is the second book of his selected to be a feature Mayor's Book Club book.
“What’s the problem with being ‘not racist’? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: ‘I am not a racist, but neither am I against it.’ But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of ‘racist’ isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘antiracist.’”
– Ibram X. Kendi, How to be an Antiracist