In 1858 Abraham Lincoln warned that America could not remain half slave, half free. Today the country remains divided by racism, and the threat is as existential as it was before the Civil War

Ibram Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is Professor of History and International Relations, and an Ideas Columnist at The Atlantic. His second book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a New York Times Best Seller. At 34 years old, he was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. “Stamped from the Beginning” was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and it was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a NAACP Image Award. Kendi is also the author of the award-winning book, “The Black Campus Movement,” and he has published essays in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. His next book, “How To Be An Antiracist,” will be published in August 2019 by One World, an imprint of Random House.

Named for the Old Naval Hospital’s first patient, a young African American seaman taken prisoner by Confederated ships, Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration marks 157 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed The District of Columbia Emancipation Act, which freed D.C.’s 3000+ enslaved population.

East City Bookshop will have copies of “Stamped from the Beginning” available for sale that evening.

Made possible in part by support from the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.