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Plenary

Fred D. Gray Plenary in Human and Civil Rights

When: June 11, 2021, 10:45 am - Friday

Where: Collins Auditorium

Plenary

Session Abstract

The Fred D. Gray Plenary in Human and Civil Rights will close this year’s conference with Ibram X. Kendi, one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research and the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist, an international bestseller that has been translated in several languages made several Best Books of 2019 lists, was described as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” His most recent book, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619 – 2019, co-edited with historian Keisha Blain, was released February 2, 2021.

Speakers

Ibram X. Kendi, Boston University, Lecturer

  • Tanya Smith Brice, Vice President of Education at The Council on Social Work Education, Panelist
  • Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Panelist
  • David Fleer, Lipscomb University, Panelist

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