Join Dr. Victor Erik Ray for a discussion of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi on Wednesday, August 23, from noon to 1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium. The Books Sandwiched In program is sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Attendees may bring lunch, and drinks are available to purchase.
“Stamped from the Beginning is a transformational piece of historical scholarship," Ray said. “This work provides a critical and necessary backdrop for understanding the stunning staying power of racism and the current predicaments surrounding race relations in the United States. This book is an instant classic and fast becoming a go-to text for a deeper understanding of racism.”
Stamped from the Beginning was the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction, named the most ambitious book of 2016 by The Washington Post, and named “best book of” by many other publications. In Stamped from the Beginning, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history, using the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists.
Ray is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His work focuses on race, gender, and stratification and has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the American Sociological Association, and The National Science Foundation.