Ibram X. Kendi

YWCA Minneapolis will hold its 17th annual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race Oct. 2 featuring the nationally-renowned speaker and author, Ibram X. Kendi.

Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is a professor of history and international relations, a frequent public speaker and an ideas columnist at The Atlantic. He is the author of “How to Be an Antiracist,” “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and “The Black Campus Movement,” which won the W.E.B. Du Book Prize.

Kendi is touring the nation promoting his latest book, “How to Be an Antiracist,” which was released this August. Most recently, he was featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian, among others.

At this YWCA Minneapolis signature event, attendees will hear a keynote address to consider facets of racism and equity – and engage in intentional, facilitated dialogue with those at their table.

“The biggest impact of the event is that participants are empowered to have really meaningful, deep conversations and recognize those implicit and explicit biases that we all have,” said Deborah Hilke, YWCA Minneapolis board member and committee chair of the event. “It’s Time to Talk is more than learning about racism, equity and inclusion – it’s about learning new skills and committing to taking action.”

The event takes place Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis.

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