Biography of Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s most renowned scholars on race. He was born Ibram Henry Rogers in Jamaica, Queens in 1982. He attended Florida A&M University, where he graduated with a degree in journalism and African-American studies in 2004. He later earned a Ph.D. in African-American studies from Temple University in 2010. Upon his graduation from his Ph.D. program, Kendi taught at various universities across the United States.

Kendi’s first book was The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972 (2012). His second, Stamped from Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016. Kendi was the youngest author ever to win the National Book Award in the nonfiction category. Kendi worked alongside Jason Reynolds to adapt the work for a young-adult audience, entitled Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. His third work, How to be an Antiracist, was released in 2019 and became a bestseller.

During his professorship at American University in Washington, D.C., Kendi launched the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. As of 2020, Kendi is a faculty member at Boston University. There, he formed the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is also a 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. Kendi has received numerous awards, among them the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship (2019). In addition to his academic and organizing work, Kendi has published numerous essays and op-eds. He has served as a commentator for media outlets, and he is a sought-after public speaker. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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