National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi to present lecture “How to be an Antiracist”

November 7, UMass Fine Arts Center

Free and open to the public; tickets required

New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will deliver the inaugural “Stand United, Fight Hate” lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on November 7, 2018 at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

His talk is based in part on his forthcoming book, How to be an Antiracist. Kendi says “Many people are craving a concise message on how to be an antiracist at this time, in this very moment. People are searching for candid directions about how to pour their passion into building an antiracist society. 

This event is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Office of Equity & Inclusion and the Five College Consortium. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Attendees may reserve their free ticket through the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 151 President's Drive in Amherst, by calling 413-545-2511 or ordering online by going to

Kendi is widely regarded as a leading scholar of racism and discriminatory policy in America. He is a professor of history and international relations and is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is an Ideas Columnist for The Atlantic and has been a frequent contributor in such publications as Diverse: Issues in Higher Education; The Root; Salon; The New York Times; Time, The Huffington Post; and The Washington Post.  

At the age of 34, Kendi became the youngest person to win the National Book Award for Nonfiction for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Reviewers have called the book “required reading,” with Forbes stating that “This book should be on every young leader’s bookshelf.” Stamped From the Beginning will be available for purchase and an opportunity for book signing will follow Kendi’s talk.

As a part of his visit to UMass, Kendi will be meeting with students to revisit The Black Campus Movement and its relevance for ongoing racial struggles impacting campuses across the country today.