Book Groups for One Book, One White Plains

This October and November, the Library is facilitating conversations about Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, which is quickly becoming 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. As part of One Book, One White Plains, we would like to join your book group to help lead the discussion, or perhaps, you can pull together a group at your job or among your friends just to discuss How to Be an Antiracist.

Best of all, Dr. Kendi will be joining us on October 28 for a special virtual event with the White Plains community.

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.

For young people, we will also be facilitating discussions of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, his young adult book with Jason Reynolds.

If you are interested in having a discussion with adults, contact Kristy Bauman ( If you are interested in a young adult group, contact Joshua Carlson (

Library's One Book, One White Plains Book Group Schedule:

Adults: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Thursday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. Register here.
  • Thursday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m. Register here.
  • Common Ground/Reading to End Racism: Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. Info on attending here.
  • Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. Register here.
  • Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. Register here.
  • Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. Register here.
  • We will announce November dates soon.

Teens: Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Parent-Child Discussion of Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

  • Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. Registration opens September 30th here.

Dr. Kendi's visit is sponsored by the White Plains Library Foundation and the Thomas H. Slater Center in partnership with Allstate Foundation, Friends of the White Plains Youth Bureau, NewYork Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, White Plains Hospital, White Plains Teacher Association, Rotary of White Plains, Rabbi Shira Milgrom, African American Men of Westchester, and the White Plains Housing Authority.

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    Now that you are using the Library’s One Book White Plains program to dismantle racism, the next book should be dismantling the myths and lies about Columbus. Help stop the insanity behind the destruction of Columbus statues and the return to viewing a critical American historical figure as an icon of self-determination with this next book:

    Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem: How Religion Drove the Voyages that Led to America Paperback – July 17, 2012
    by Dr. Carol Delaney, Anthropologist, professor emerita at Stanford University

    “One of the 100 best books of the year.” —The Times Literary Supplement

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