Let’s discuss: ‘How to Be an Antiracist’

Please join the Anti-Racist Book Group on Wednesday, January 13 at 6:30 pm, as we dig deeper into How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

‘We had so much more to unpack’: Book group invites us to keep talking

We first discussed Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist in December, and we’re continuing the discussion in January. All are welcome to join, whether you participated last time or are new to the Anti-Racist Book Group.

Oak Park Public Library Adult Services Specialist Tatiana Swancy co-hosted December’s meeting, and says the discussion was robust.

“Together, participants explored the complexities of what it means to be antiracist, the movement for reparations, and the importance of hope in the antiracist movement,” Swancy says. “We quickly realized we had so much more to unpack from the reading and are continuing our discussion on these questions and more, while also considering recent events locally and nationally.”

Related: Watch Kendi discuss the events of January 6, which he called “white privilege on display,” on the PBS NewsHour »

Librarian Rose Barnes will host January’s discussion.

Reading guide, ebook & audiobook available

How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Copies (available as ebook and audiobook) can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby.

The Book Club Kit reading guide includes discussion questions and a list of suggested further reading from Dr. Kendi.

More about the Anti-Racist Book Group

The Anti-Racist Book Group meets virtually every month, connecting staff and patrons from the Austin Branch of the Chicago Public Library and the Oak Park Public Library. This collaboration began in October, and sprang from the organizing efforts of Danielle Morales from Walk the Walk.