‘How to Be an Antiracist’ Author Ibram X. Kendi Is 2020 Reynolds Lecturer

Ibram X. Kendi

Davidson College will welcome one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices, Ibram X. Kendi, as the annual Reynolds Lecturer on Tuesday, Sept. 22. 

Kendi will engage in a conversation with Davidson President Carol Quillen via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. ET. The event will be held virtually. Details for viewing and participating will be announced later.

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 will become 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 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. 

Previous Reynolds Lecturers include: Bryan Stevenson (2019-20), Janet Mock (2018-19), Colson Whitehead (2017-18), Alison Bechdel (2016-2017) and Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015-16).

While this event is virtual, capacity is limited to 7,500 attendees and the event will not be recorded, per the terms of the contract. Ticketing and book distribution details will be forthcoming.


  • August 11, 2020