Oak Park Speaker Series: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi & Nic Stone
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The Oak Park Speaker Series welcomes two New York Times bestselling authors as they discuss their new book “How to be a (Young) Antiracist”.


The Oak Park Speaker Series is a monthly fireside chat featuring Black thought leaders and influencers from around the country. In recognition of Black History Month, the February 2023 Oak Park Speaker Series event will feature Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone, co-authors of How to Be a (Young) Antiracist. The book is a dynamic reframing of the concepts shared in Kendi’s ground-breaking How to Be an Antiracist, with young adulthood front and center. Aimed at readers 12 and up, and co-authored by award-winning children’s book author Nic Stone, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist  empowers teen readers to help create a more just society. Kendi and Stone have revised this work to provide anecdotes and data that speaks directly to the experiences and concerns of younger readers, encouraging them to think critically and build a more equitable world in doing so. Antiracism is a journey–and now young adults will have a map to carve their own path.



Ibram X. Kendi  is a 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 many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and five #1 New York Times bestsellers including How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His latest books are How to Raise an Antiracist and Goodnight Racism, illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the “Genius Grant.” 

Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. Her debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, and her debut middle-grade novel, Clean Getaway, were both New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of Odd One Out, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, Jackpot, and Shuri: A Black Panther Novel. Dear Justyce, the sequel to Dear Martin, recently published. She is one of the authors in the New York Times bestselling book Black Out, recently optioned for as a new anthology program for Netflix by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground. Find her online at nicstone.info or @nicstone 



5:00 PM – VIP early access

5:30 PM – Doors open

6:00 PM – Program begins

7:00 PM – VIP Reception