Tuskegee University’s College of Arts and Sciences has partnered with the National Book Foundation to host two award-winning authors on campus on Tuesday, April 16. The pair will speak on the topics of racism and voter suppression — historical issues they cite in their respective books as threats to our democracy.
The program, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bioethics Auditorium (71-243 John A. Kenney Hall), will include presentations by Dr. Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy, and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.
“Our nation’s current political environment has heightened the need to shine a brighter light on how we can and must achieve a society free of racism, sexism, classism and xenophobia,” said Dr. Sheena Harris, an assistant professor of history who will also serve as the event’s moderator. “National Book Foundation Award recipients Carol Anderson and Ibram X. Kendi will help bring these topics to the forefront through this forum as we seek to unify scholars, students and community members in their fight for freedom and the call to lift as we climb.”
Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler professor and chair of African-American studies at Emory University, as well as a Guggenheim fellow in constitutional studies. Her award-winning books include Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; the New York Times bestseller White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide; and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy. Her research has garnered substantial fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, and Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center. She holds a Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University.
Kendi is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, where he is a professor of history and international relations in addition to serving as an ideas columnist for The Atlantic. Stamped from the Beginning, his second book, was a New York Times bestseller in addition to winning the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction — making him the award’s youngest-ever winner. It also was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a nominee for both a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and an NAACP Image Award. Kendi also wrote the award-winning book The Black Campus Movement, and he has published essays in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. His next book, How to be an Antiracist, will be published in 2019 by One World, an imprint of Random House. He holds a doctoral degree in African-American studies from Temple University.
Following the program, which is underwritten in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the authors will have books available for signing. A limited number of free copies of the authors’ books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last.