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Book Discussion: How to be an Antiracist

November 20, 2019 at 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

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.

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science–including the story of his own awakening to antiracism–bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Source for above: https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

Join us to discuss this book. We’ll share what stood out for us…what challenged us, what we learned, questions we have, and whatever comes up. Come with a favorite passage from the book.

Our book discussion group is now called:
Antiracists Leaning Into Books (ALiB)
We have a lot to learn, and we do it better together.
All are welcome.

– Parking (free) is available on the street and in a lot behind the center. Let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you. Meeting location suggestions welcome.

– RSVP if you can come to this meeting, and change it if your plans change, PLEASE!

We meet in the Moon Room on the 2nd floor of the Common Street Spiritual Center. Come in the side door and go up the stairs.

Our book discussions so far:
– “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
– “Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color” by Andrea J. Ritchie
– “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
– “You Have the Right to Remain Innocent” by James Duane
– “Neither Wolf Nor Dog, On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder” by Kent Nerburn
For Feb.:
– “White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class” by Nancy Isenberg
– “On the Other Side of Freedom, The Case for Hope” by DeRay Mckesson
– “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo, PhD.
– “Unraveling the “Model Minority” Stereotype” by Stacey Lee

This group is a part of Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group.

To help us be prepared and to communicate if there are changes in plans, registration is required. Use our Meetup page (also go here to learn about our other events) or email the organizer ([email protected]) and update your RSVP if your plans change. Thank you.


November 20, 2019
6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
[email protected]


Common Street Spiritual Center – 13 Common St.