Loyola University Maryland

Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

About the Speaker

Ibram X. KendiA New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author, Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research.

He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic, a CBS News racial justice contributor, and the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Kendi is the author of many books, including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He has also authored three No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, which he co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, which was illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.

Kendi’s newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, co-edited with Keisha Blain, which will be published in February.

In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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