National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi speaks at Detroit Mercy Feb. 26

January 29, 2018

Author Ibram X. Kendi won the 2016 National Book Award for his book Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., author of the 2016 National Book Award-winning Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, will speak at University of Detroit Mercy on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This engagement is part of Detroit Mercy’s celebration of Black History Month on campus.

Kendi’s relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens the eyes of readers and audiences to the reality of racism in America today. Kendi's lectures are sharp, informative and hopeful, and serve as a strong platform for any institution's discussions on racial discrimination. Following his discussion, all in attendance with a copy of his book will receive a bookplate, personally signed by the author.

As a thoughtful cultural historian, Kendi challenges deeply held and often progressive assumptions. Using a masterful voyage through the history of the U.S. political rhetoric, beginning with Cotton Mather and ending with hip-hop, he argues that even the most fervent anti-racists have been infected with that resilient virus.

As professor of History and International Relations, and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, Kendi’s work focuses on racist and anti-racist ideas and movements. During his career, he has published numerous academic essays as well as op-eds in publications such as The New York TimesThe Huffington PostSalon and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is also the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972.

Kendi’s engagement represents a strong follow-up to the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture at Detroit Mercy campus in early 2017. Tickets for Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s discussion are limited, so reserve your tickets today!  To order tickets, visit and bring your ticket to the event.  The event is free. Seating is general admission: first come, first seated. 

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