This summer, America found itself in the midst of a national reckoning—and the largest antiracism movement many of us have seen in our lifetimes. We’ve marched, we’ve donated, we’ve contacted politicians. But . . . what comes next? Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, helped us begin to answer that question.
The week of August 16, One World, the NBA, and the WNBA hosted WHAT NOW: An Antiracist Teach-In, a weeklong virtual conversation series featuring dialogues between Professor Kendi and other prominent thought leaders, joined by members of the NBA and WNBA community. We are excited to make these conversations available; we hope you’ll join as we listen, learn, and reflect on the path forward for our country—and ourselves.
Each night of the series, Dr. Kendi revealed that proceeds after the book sales would be donated to an antiracist organization of the other author’s choosing and the BU Center for Antiracist Research. The organizations supported are listed here, and we hope you’ll consider supporting their essential work as well:
Equal Justice Initiative
Poor People’s Campaign
We Need Diverse Books
The Marsha P. Johnson Insititute
The Audre Lorde Project
We’d like to thank our partners, the NBA and WNBA, for lending their voices to the series, and for their long history of using their platforms, voices, and actions to call for justice and meaningful change. We’d also like to thank the Black-owned bookstores who partnered with us on the series, and we encourage you to support them locally or from afar: Semicolon Books (Chicago); Source Booksellers (Detroit); Eso Won Books (LA); Harriett’s Bookshop (Philadelphia); The Lit. Bar (The Bronx); Solid State Books (Washington, D.C.); and MahoganyBooks (Washington, D.C.).
August 16, 2020:
Ibram X. Kendi and Isabel Wilkerson
On Sunday, August 16 for Night One of the series, Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, joined Ibram X. Kendi.
August 21, 2020:
Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
On Night Six, Friday, August 21, Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Long Way Down and Look Both Ways, joined Ibram X. Kendi.
The NBA and WNBA have a long history of addressing racial and social issues, and they are proud of the players and other members of the NBA and WNBA family who have used their platforms, voices, and actions to call for justice and meaningful change. Moving forward, the NBA and WNBA are committed to finding the most impactful ways to use their platforms to combat systemic racism and advance equal justice. They view partnerships like this series as a way to provide their players, teams, and fans with opportunities to build empathy, guide antiracist behavior, and learn more about the history of race and systemic racism from leading thought leaders and institutions. The NBA and WNBA hope these conversations will help us sustain momentum in addressing systemic inequities and creating meaningful change, and we are grateful they have come on as partners to help us create and promote this event.
The mission of ONE WORLD is to provide a home for authors—novelists, essayists, memoirists, poets, journalists, thinkers, activists, and creative artists unconstrained by genre—who seek to challenge the status quo, subvert dominant narratives, and give us new language to understand our past, present, and future.