The next meeting of the Mayor’s Book Club is Sunday, Feb. 5, from 1-2:30 p.m., in meeting room A of the Headquarters Branch of the Alachua County Library District, which is located at 401 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. Last November, Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe announced "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi as the next selection for the Mayor’s Book Club. The public is invited to read and participate in discussion about racial themes raised in the book. Participants do not have to have read the book or speak at the book club in order to attend. The only rule is that people enter the discussion with an open mind, and discuss the book with civility and positivity.
Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African-American history at the University of Florida, and focuses on racist and antiracist movements and ideas. “My definition of a racist idea is a simple one: it is any concept that regards one racial group as inferior or superior to another racial group in any way,” writes Kendi. The book gives a timeline of racist ideas, from as early as the 15th century in Europe to the present time and the discussions and events that are occurring on the streets of America. "Stamped from the Beginning" is Kendi's second book, and recently won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is a frequent op-ed contributor, writing for Salon, Huffington Post, The Root, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and more. "Stamped from the Beginning" has been described as "engrossing and relentless" (The Washington Post) and "heavily researched yet readable" (Booklist).
Immediately following the book club, the library is hosting an author event with Kendi as part of their Author Series. For more information on the Author Series, visit the Alachua County Library District's website at www.aclib.us