America is 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 happens now? Ibram X. Kendi, 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, is helping us answer that question.
WHAT NOW: An Antiracist Teach-In is a weeklong virtual conversation series featuring dialogues between Professor Kendi and other prominent thought leaders and activists. Through these conversations, we hope to listen, learn, and reflect as Americans chart a path forward for our country—and ourselves. Each ticket comes with a book, fulfilled by a different Black-owned bookstore each night, and admission to that evening’s conversation.
Join us on Monday, August 17 at 8:00PM ET on Zoom for Night Two of the series, as Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, joins Ibram X. Kendi on the virtual stage. Book orders for this event will be fulfilled by Source Booksellers, based in Detroit, MI. (Please note: Books will not ship until after the event, and can take between 5-10 days to deliver.)
Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
One World’s event partners for WHAT NOW: An Antiracist Teach-In include the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and Source Booksellers.
Each ticket holder gets to choose one book by the featured authors (listed on Eventbrite page), and admission to the evening’s conversation.
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.
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief or release from prison for over 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row and won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced. Mr. Stevenson has argued and won multiple cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, including a 2019 ruling protecting condemned prisoners who suffer from dementia and a landmark 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. Mr. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. He led the creation of two highly acclaimed cultural sites which opened in 2018, The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The new national landmark institutions chronicle the legacy of slavery, lynching and racial segregation and the connection to mass incarceration and contemporary issues of racial bias. Mr. Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards including over 40 honorary doctorates, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize and the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government and the author of the award winning New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was recently adapted as a major motion picture.
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 BU 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 Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.