On Common Ground: Lifting As We Climb

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Date(s) - Jan 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wait Chapel

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On Monday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel, Ibram X. Kendi will deliver the keynote speech. This year’s theme is “On Common Ground: Lifting As We Climb” and highlights a commitment to create a society that provides resources and representation to every individual through a constant pursuit of justice and equity.

The event is free and open to the public.

Kendi is a professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, his New York Times best-selling book “How to be an Antiracist” reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America, offering liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.

Kendi has published numerous academic essays as well as op-eds in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Guardian 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.” In 2018, he was named a columnist for The Atlantic focusing on ideas, opinions and political and cultural commentary.

The keynote will also include musical selections from the Wake Forest Gospel Choir and the WSSU University Choir. There will be a book signing immediately following Kendi’s address, and copies of his book are available for purchase at the Wake Forest University bookstore. Media is invited to attend. Videotaping and still photography are allowed.