Sept. 22, 2020: Ibram X. Kendi

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. (EST), Davidson College will virtually welcome one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices, Ibram X. Kendi, as the annual Reynolds Lecturer. 

Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author, as well as a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Kendi is the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the 2012 W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2016.  

His third book, How to Be an Antiracist, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and made several Best Books of 2019 lists. Davidson College has purchased 2,500 copies of How to Be an Antiracist for students, faculty and staff so they can fully engage in the discussion. 

Ticketing Information

Ibram X. Kendi will engage in a conversation with Davidson President Carol Quillen via Zoom Webinar. This virtual event has a limit of 7,500 attendees and will not be recorded, per the terms of the contract. We expect the event to fill quickly.

Registration is open for the general public. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22. 

Davidson College students, faculty, staff and alumni have been emailed their individual link to register.

After registration, a confirmation email will be sent that includes a unique Zoom link for the event. This email will come directly from Zoom and could take up to 72 hours to process. Please check your spam folder if you don’t receive the email. 

Please do not forward or share your link. Multiple people can view from one device, but the link is only active on one device and for one log in.

If you have additional questions about ticketing please email the Office of Events and Programming at 

Book Distribution

In anticipation of this lecture, the Public Lectures Committee will provide free copies of Kendi's New York Times bestseller How To Be an Antiracist to faculty, staff and current students of Davidson College.

Faculty and staff can pick up a copy for themselves and colleagues currently employed at Davidson College at the circulation desk of the library during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Students can pick up their copy between 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. at the Alvarez College Union Ticket Office.

Those who would like to pick up a large number of copies for their department or unit are welcome to email Matt Ballard at to have those boxed and ready for pick-up. Likewise, current students, faculty, and staff are welcome to pick up individual copies for other current students, faculty, and staff who are not on campus but would like a copy. Be prepared to sign for them.

Main Street Books in Davidson will have copies for community members and alumni to purchase for pick up and shipping.

Submission Form for Questions

The Public Lectures Committee invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to contribute questions for President Quillen's conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. 

In addition, we invite student participation in the Q and A. If you are a current Davidson student and would like the opportunity to ask Dr. Kendi your question, please check the appropriate box in the form.

Questions Form for lbram X. Kendi Q&A

Additional Resources

Division of Student Life Racial Justice Resource List