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Join us for an afternoon of celebration & reflection.

Free and open to the public 

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  • Keynote Address Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for “Stamped from the Beginning."
  • Chris Coogan and the Good News Gospel Choir
  • Students from the Regional Center for the Arts
  • Weston High School Jazz Band

Keynote address
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Dr. Kendi is an award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was published by Nation Books and won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. Kendi is a hardcore humanist and softcore vegan who enjoys joking it up with friends and family, partaking in African American culture, weight lifting, reading provocative non-fiction books, discussing the issues of the day with open-minded people, and hoping and pressing for the day the New York Knicks will win an NBA championship and for the day this nation and world will be ruled by the best of humanity. A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Signature, The Huffington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the associate editor of Black Perspectives, the most popular online platform for public scholarship on Black life and thought. He is currently working on his next book, How to Be an Anti-Racist, which will be published by One World, a division of Penguin Random House.


Childcare and activities will be provided by the Westport/Weston Family YMCA

Co Sponsored by The Westport Library, Westport Country Playhouse,TEAM Westport, and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Counsel