Social Principles Book Club: How to Be an Antiracist

Study begins Sunday July 12, 6-8pm via Zoom

A new group is forming for a multi-week conversation around racial justice and our United Methodist Social Principles. Educator & Duke Divinity graduate Christi Wright will lead us in a study of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s book How to Be an Antiracist. Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients the conversation about racism and points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. The book can be purchased online in paperback or e-book form. We encourage you to purchase from a Black owned business. Two sources are Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature and Culture Museum in Tampa and Cultured Books in St Pete.

The group will meet online via Zoom, Sundays 6-8pm, July 12 through August 30. Please register below. The Zoom information will be sent to you a few days before the first class on July 12.

There are also two opportunities for conversation around Kendi’s book and antiracism work in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Bishop Ken Carter and Dr. Sharon Austin co-hosted a webinar entitled “How to Be an Anti-racist” on July 10. The recording is available here. Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist is a foundational text to the Bishop’s Task Force on Anti-Racism.

The previously announced Concord Conversation with Bishop Carter and Dr. Austin has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We anticipate this will be rescheduled for sometime in September.

If you would like to learn more about Ibram X. Kendi and his work, here are a few places to begin.

Interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

“The American Nightmare” – Essay by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi published in The Atlantic.

Ibram X. Kendi and Brene Brown interview on How to Be an Antiracist on the podcast Unlocking Us.


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