Ibram X. Kendi Visit

Registration is now closed for this event.

The White Plains Library Foundation, in partnership with the Thomas H. Slater Center and with the support of other sponsors, is presenting a special virtual event with the award-winning author, historian, and thought-leader, Ibram X. Kendi on October 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. This program will be the highlight of the Library’s city-wide reading initiative, One Book, One White Plains.

In the meantime, mark your fall calendars and look into our digital and physical copies of the two books we'll be reading: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (available in print and as a digital audiobook and eBook on OverDrive and Libby) and, for young adult readers (and all ages), Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning (available in regular print, large print, and CD audiobook from our physical collection and as a digital audiobook and eBook from OverDrive and Libby) by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

This event is sponsored by the White Plains Library Foundation and the Thomas H. Slater Center in partnership with: The Allstate Foundation, Friends of the White Plains Youth Bureau, NewYork Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, White Plains Hospital, White Plains Teacher Association, Rotary Club of White Plains, Rabbi Shira Milgrom, African American Men of Westchester, White Plains Housing Authority, and the Westchester County Human Rights Commission.


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    • Kristen, Adult Librarian

      Hi Kanan, our registration is fully booked so we’re unable to take further registrants at this time.

  1. Allison P

    Proud of White Plains and their choice for this One book One White Plains. Excellent choice to continue to promote unity in our community.

  2. American Citizen

    Do better for the good people of White Plains. Racist babies-really?


    The larger problem with Kendi, and with the movement he represents, is how plodding his intellectual scheme is. First he takes human society, the most complex mechanism in existence, and draws a line down the middle of every cog in it. Then he declares one side of the line Good (Antiracist), while the other is Bad (Racist). That’s about as crudely reductive as an idea can be. It’s like suggesting the Ninth Symphony can be adequately played with a couple of coconut shells.

    Often, in conversation, or reading new novels, scanning tweets, or watching films, the enormous condescension we all sometimes have towards the past becomes apparent. Looking at some awful historical bloodbath, or well-chronicled catastrophe, we look back and say, ‘How could people be so stupid’, or, ‘How could they believe such idiotic things.’ Yet here we are with Kendi’s ideas, so celebrated, so stupid, and so eagerly believed.

    • Kristen, Adult Librarian

      Hi Jonathan, Registration for the author visit with Dr. Kendi will open later in September. Please check the website and/or sign up for our newsletter here to be notified when it first opens up.

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