The Interview Project: A Conversation with Historian Ibram X. Kendi

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The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association

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One of the benefits of writing for the Office of Intellectual Freedom this past year has been to recognize the amazing work done by a variety of people who continually promote and protect the right of free expression in this country. The work of advocating, facilitating and protecting intellectual freedoms is important activity, and is often carried out by everyday people. I thought it would be useful to speak with those whose work is dependent on intellectual freedom, and how libraries impact who they are and what they do. I was able to interview a teacher, a historian and an artist for this writing project. Any errors in transcription are my own. All three guests to our blog were unfailingly generous with their time.

Biography: Ibram X. Kendi is professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America was published by Nation Books and won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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Intellectual Freedom Blog

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