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Panera Bread

8 Allstate Rd · Dorchester, MA

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Book Title:
"Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" -- by Ibram X. Kendi.

Details About Event:
Reading: Pages 161 -380. (2nd third of the book.)
Up to page 380 covers two sections, Part III and Part IV, which follow two figures, William Lloyd Garrison and W.E.B Dubois.

For audiobook listeners, the last chapter to listen to for this meeting is "Chapter 29 Massive Resistance."

We will meet to discuss this book, which we will read prior to meeting. This book is dense, so we will break up the discussions into three meetings. We may add a fourth, depending on how the group feels about time needed to deeply discuss the content.

Details About Location:
We will meet in the morning at the Panera Bread in the South Bay Shopping Center in Dorchester. There is lots of parking.

Details About the Book:
Kendi's work is a winner of the National Book Awards 2016 for Nonfiction.

Description from
"In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Ibram X. Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation’s racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them–and in the process, gives us reason to hope."

About the Book's Author
"Ibram X. Kendi is currently an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. An intellectual and social movement Africana studies historian, Kendi studies racist and antiracist ideas and movements."

We look forward to discussing this book with you all.

Kimberly and Fabian