An evening with Ibram X. Kendi + Nic Stone | HOW TO BE A (YOUNG) ANTIRACIST

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An evening with Ibram X. Kendi + Nic Stone | HOW TO BE A (YOUNG) ANTIRACIST

Join Bookshop Santa Cruz and friends as we welcome Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone to discuss HOW TO BE A (YOUNG) ANTIRACIST

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Kaiser Permanente Arena 140 Front St Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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This event is supported by the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Live Like Coco, the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, and more.


All ticket packages include a copy of HOW TO BE A (YOUNG) ANTIRACIST. Multiple ticket options are available—please select carefully!

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The #1 New York Times bestseller that sparked international dialogue is now a book for young adults! Based on the adult bestseller by Ibram X. Kendi, and co-authored by bestselling author Nic Stone, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist will serve as a guide for teens seeking a way forward in acknowledging, identifying, and dismantling racism and injustice. Antiracism is not a destination but a journey—one that takes deliberate, consistent work. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism has changed the way we talk about race, equality, and justice in America, pointing us toward new ways of thinking about ourselves and our society.

How to Be a (Young) Antiracist is a dynamic reframing of the concepts shared in the New York Times bestseller How to be an Antiracist, with young adulthood front and center. Aimed at readers 12 and up, and co-authored by award-winning children's book author Nic Stone, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist empowers teen readers to help create a more just society. Antiracism is a journey—and now young adults will have a map to carve their own path. Kendi and Stone have revised this work to provide anecdotes and data that speaks directly to the experiences and concerns of younger readers, encouraging them to think critically and build a more equitable world in doing so.

The (Young) Antiracist's Workbook : Questions for Changemakers—Young people must be included in conversations on race and racism, which is why Dr. Kendi has created this workbook with bestselling YA author Nic Stone for readers age twelve and up. Reflection questions include:

  • Have you ever tried to change something about yourself to fit in? Did it work? Why or why not?
  • How does the word racist feel when you hear or say it? Is it a weapon or a descriptor? Why?
  • Why is empathy an important tool for any antiracist's toolbox?


Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of many books, including How to Raise an Antiracist, the National Book Award-winner Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and five #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the "Genius Grant." Find Dr. Kendi online @ibramxk on Instagram, and @DrIbram on TikTok and Twitter.

Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. Her debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Clean Getaway, the 2020 NPR Best Book of the Year selection Dear Justyce (a sequel to Dear Martin), the Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection Odd One Out, Jackpot, and Shuri: A Black Panther Novel. She is one of the authors in the New York Times bestselling book Blackout, recently optioned for as a new anthology program for Netflix by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground. Find her online at or @nicstone.


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