Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Opening Session Speakers
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of five books, including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; How to Be an AntiracistStamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian, professor, and writer. She is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, the president of the African American Intellectual History Society, and an editor for The Washington Post's "Made by History" section. Her writing has appeared in popular outlets such as The Atlantic, The Guardian, Politico, and Time. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle of Freedom and Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Vision of America.

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, to be published by One World in February 2021, is a "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers, and edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain.

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