It is rare to find an author that reaches demographics that range in age from 0-100+, yet that is an accomplishment of Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi has authored seven books with three of them becoming #1New York Times bestsellers. We have been inundated with various books that will help us gain perspective on racial equality. So you may be asking yourself, where do I start? Kendi’s books are a great starting point that will meet you wherever you are at.
Families with small children? Antiracist Baby aims to introduce your early readers to the concept and power of antiracism.
Not a big reader or fan of history? Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You was created out of the need for a book that would be appealing to a younger audience (think middle school). Excerpt, “If we understand how the tree works, how the trunk and roots are where the power lies, and how gravity is on our side, we can attack it, each of us with small axes, can change the face of the forest. So let’s learn all there is to know about the tree of racism. The root. The fruit. The sap and trunk. The nests built over time, the changing leaves. That way, your generation can finally, actively chop it down.”
Wanting something that goes deep and provides heavily researched data? At nearly 600 pages, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2016. Many have deemed it as required reading for a thorough understanding of United States History.
By educating ourselves we have the opportunity to grow our minds and understand the value of diversity and open up our hearts to create change and be inclusive.