UNCG Alumni & Friends Book Club: Our Next Book Is Here "How to Be an Antiracist"

This summer has seen an unprecedented groundswell of support for the racial justice movement in America. Sparked by the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, uprisings across the country have led to challenging and critical discussions around race and equity.

One of the ways we can all work towards a more equitable future is to educate ourselves on how that future is built. Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" provides one part of that roadmap, and we can't wait to begin discussing it with you. Here is an excerpt from the author's website outlining the book:

"Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America — but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it."
Each virtual discussion of Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist," will be moderated by Dr. Armondo Collins, head of the Digital Media Commons and visiting assistant professor in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program at UNCG. Collins holds a PhD in English rhetoric and composition from UNCG. His most recent publication “The Media Assault on the Black Male” appears in "The Handbook of Research on Black Males" (Michigan State University Press, 2019). 

As we kick off our reading of the book, please take this opportunity to answer our pre-reading question: What do you think is the most probable reason for people failing to be overtly antiracist?

Reading Schedule:

  • By August 20 
    • Read the Introduction and chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • By August 27 
    • Read chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • By September 3 
    • Read chapters 9 10 and 11
  • By September 17 
    • Read chapters 12, 13, 14 and 15
  • By October 1 
    • Prepare for our end-of-book discussion!

Book Discussion Schedule: 

  • September 30, 2020 at 2 p.m.
  • October 7, 2020 at 2 p.m.
  • October 21, 2020 at 12 noon