April 1, 2021
The Plymouth UCC Church Library is pleased to sponsor the first ever Plymouth Reads. This is a unique opportunity to read together three books written by Black Americans sharing their personal journeys through America’s racial landscape.
All these books are available for purchase in print, eBook and audio for safe access while Plymouth Church Library is closed. They are also available at all regional libraries in eBook format although there may be wait lists. We will address individual issues of accessibility to remove barriers to participation.
Upcoming Plymouth Reads Events
Plymouth Reads is delving into Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi, born 1982, is an American author, professor, anti-racist activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy in America. He was hired as director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University in July 2020. He was included in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020. Plymouth Library has these titles by Kendi: How to be an Antiracist and Stamped from the beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in America.
Register to receive weekly emails and hear about the latest details on events and happenings around the reading of How To Be An Antiracist. You will also need to register to get an invitation to the two Zoom events on March 6 and 13.
Weekly Challenge Kendi states that “almost everything I am I owe to Black space. Black neighborhood. Black church. Black college. Black studies.” (Chapter 13) Think about the spaces you grew up in and are indebted to. What was the worldview of those spaces? Did you rebel against that world view or were you nourished by it? Has your worldview changed?
Resources for How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Add to your Plymouth Reads experience with some books that Kendi cited which are also available at Plymouth Library:
One person, no vote: how voter suppression is destroying our democracy /Anderson, Carol. 324.6 AND
A people's history of the United States /Zinn, Howard, 973 ZIN
Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance /Obama, Barack. B OBA
And if you would like to explore further, look for these titles mentioned by Kendi at your local library or bookstore:
Up from Slavery/Washington, Booker T.
The Souls of Black Folk/DuBois, W.E.B.
Afrocentricity/Asante, Molefi Kete
Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America/ Toure, Kwame and Charles Hamilton
Soul on Ice/Cleaver, Eldridge
The Warmth of Other Suns/Wilkerson, Isabel
And here is a book for younger readers that didn't get a mention in How to Be an Antiracist:
This Book is Anti-Racist/Jewell, Tiffany and Aurelia Durand
According to the publisher: "In this guide Jewell not only breaks down what it means to be anti-racist and what racism looks like and sounds like, but also offers 20 lessons on how young people can take action and ensure a more just future. Durand illustrates the book and makes it extremely approachable, even for more timid middle grade readers. An outstanding primer for helping build language and understanding around what anti-racist work really is."
Check out this Antiracist Reading List from Kendi for even more suggestions:
Watch a TED Talk with Ibram Kendi that was filmed on June 17, 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCxbl5QgFZw
This link takes you to a summary of Critical Race Theory which influenced Kendi: https://www.thoughtco.com/critical-race-theory-4685094
Kendi's parents attended Urbana70 and were impressed by Tom Skinner's Black Liberation Theology. This link takes you to Skinner speaking on U.S. Racism and World Evangelism at Urbana70: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvKQx4ycTmA. Kendi also wrote about Soul Liberation singing "Power to the People" at the event. Listen to Curtis Mayfield singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdbrVRc2l5U
As a student at Florida A&M University, Kendi was proud of the FAMU Marching Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpL8r8fMck4
He also wrote about his love of hip-hop music. He said: "Hip-Hop has had the most sophisticated vocabulary of any American genre". Kendi quoted Tupac Shakur in Dear Mama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb1ZvUDvLDY and Wu-Tang Clan's C.R.E.A.M.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecRs1sWZIL4Subscribe
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