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PGCMLS Foundation

February 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

(301) 699-3500, ext. 6152

National Book Award Winner Ibram X. Kendi Visits Prince George’s County on April 3 to Discuss “How to Be an Antiracist”

Largo, MD –2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) on the campus of the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). Praised as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind” (New York Times), Kendi’s groundbreaking work has provided a major new counterpoint in the national conversation about race in America. His appearance in Prince George’s County provides the community with an opportunity to participate in a dialogue about the notion of antiracism through a series of book discussions hosted by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) that precede Kendi’s appearance.

Tickets for “A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi” on April 3 are available for purchase through the PGCC Center for the Performing Arts Box Office ($10).

This special event is presented by a consortium of organizations based in Prince George’s County, including Joe’s Movement Emporium, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library Foundation, Prince George’s County Community College Center for the Performing Arts, and the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission, with generous support from Wells Fargo. Copies of “How to Be an Antiracist” are available from the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and will be available for purchase at the event on April 3. Kendi will sign books following the program.

PGCMLS Book Discussions: “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi:

(Free and open to the public)

New Carrollton Branch | Wednesday, March 4, 7 pm

7414 Riverdale Rd, New Carrollton, Maryland, 20784

South Bowie Branch | Saturday, March 7, 2 pm

15301 Hall Road, Bowie, MD 20721

Accokeek Branch | Monday, March 9, 7 pm

15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607

About Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributor at The Atlantic and CBS News. He 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. Two new books are being published in 2020: “STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You” for young people, a collaboration with Prince George’s County native and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds, and “Antiracist Baby,” Kendi’s first board book for children.

About Joe’s Movement Emporium

Established in 1995, Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity. Based in Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually. Joe’s has five arts-based youth programs that bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means. Through programs and productions in education, performing arts, and work readiness, Joe’s integrates progressive education, creativity, and youth development.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Foundation

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) Foundation provides critical philanthropic support to the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. It strengthens the Library’s capacity to innovate, adapt to change, and ensure our libraries remain a vital resource for all in Prince George’s County now and in the future. Our libraries are more than a place to find books; they are spaces–both physical and online–to empower individuals, strengthen families, and make our county a better place.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, MANGO Languages, ArtistWorks for Libraries, and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy 3D printing, Minecraft, D.R.E.A.M. (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) Lab, chess clubs and TAG (Teen Action Group), free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps and learn more about what PGCMLS has to offer at www.pgcmls.info.