Library to Discuss the History of Racism in America in Books Sandwich In Program

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Kristin Farley
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Library to Discuss the History of Racism in America in Books Sandwich In Program

Posted: 08/16/2017
Knox County Public Library invites the public to join Dr. Victor Erik Ray for a discussion of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi., at 12:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, August 23, in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium.

Books Sandwiched In is sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Attendees may bring lunch. Drinks are available to purchase.
“Stamped from the Beginning is a transformational piece of historical scholarship," Ray said. “This work provides a critical and necessary backdrop for understanding the stunning staying power of racism and the current predicaments surrounding race relations in the United States. This book is an instant classic and fast becoming a go-to text for both scholars and the public who want to a deeper understanding of racism.” 
The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction, named the most ambitious book of 2016 by the Washington Post, and named “best book of” by many other publications, Stamped from the beginning chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history, using the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists.
Victor Ray is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  His work focuses on race, gender, and stratification and has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the American Sociological Association, and The National Science Foundation.
Book Sandwiched In will continue September 27, when Dr. Oleg Manaev, Global Security Fellow at the Institute for Nuclear Security, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will discuss The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladmir Putin by Masha Gessen. On October 18, Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT’s All Things Considered Host/Producer, will discuss All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search for Alien Life by Jon Willis. On November 15, Gabrielle Cline-Snell, will discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.