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YWCA Minneapolis Welcomes Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

By YWCA Minneapolis
September 20, 2022
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With friends and partners at Birchbark Books, YWCA Minneapolis was privileged to host celebrated author Ibram X. Kendi on his literary tour, Thursday, Sept. 15, with a stop at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

The illustrious writer of “Stamped” and “How to Be an Antiracist” introduced our community to his latest work for youth, “Magnolia Flower.” This story of an Afro-Indigenous girl was inspired by the work of Zora Neale Hurston and illustrated by Loveis Wise.

Tickets for this event went at an astonishingly fast pace. In the matter of a few days, only 25 seats out of 250 were left. Fortunately, we were able to add more seating and all ticket holders received a copy of Magnolia Flower signed by Dr. Kendi.

“It warms and holds my spirit when I look out at audiences and see young people holding their copies of Magnolia Flower. Thank you to all families who came out last night in Minneapolis.” —@ibramxk via Instagram

Media invited to attend this stop on Kendi’s book tour included Nakaiya, a reporter for the Minneapolis North High student paper, pictured here with Dr. Kendi and journalism teacher Sam Wilbur. Nakaiya’s write-up is expected to be published in the school’s October issue.

President and CEO Shelley Carthen Watson of YWCA Minneapolis took the stage with Dr. Kendi, guiding the conversation about Magnolia Flower and the impact of leading a societal shift toward anti-racism. Those unable to attend this book event are invited to purchase Dr. Kendi’s works in person or online at Birchbark Books.

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