NCTE Presents - National Council of Teachers of English

Monday, April 27, 2020
8:00 p.m. ET

In this member-exclusive event, NCTE member Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul will moderate a conversation on the history of racism and antiracism in America with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds and American historian Ibram X. Kendi.


“Sometimes a book comes along that will change a generation. Sometimes the road to that book is long and winding and marked by obstacles. And sometimes, like magic, it comes together because two giants meet and combine their gifts, bringing a masterwork out into the world when it is sorely needed.

That book is Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, [released] on March 10, 2020, in which bestselling and award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi deliver a timely, crucial, and ultimately empowering history of racism and antiracism in America.” —Little, Brown and Company

Read the press release in full.



JASON REYNOLDS is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist; the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and multiple Coretta Scott King Honors; and the winner of a Kirkus Prize, two Walter Dean Myers Awards, and an NAACP Image Award, among other honors. He is the author of When I Was the Greatest; The Boy in the Black Suit; All American Boys; Long Way Down; the middle grade Track series, including Ghost; As Brave As You; Miles Morales: Spider-Man; and Look Both Ways. Stamped is his first nonfiction project.





DR. IBRAM X. KENDI is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning historian. He is a professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is a columnist at The Atlantic and one of America’s leading antiracist voices. He is also the author of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning and New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist.





DR. SONJA CHERRY-PAUL’s research and work stems from an unyielding commitment to antibias and antiracist pedagogy and practices. As a curriculum developer, she centers the work of racial literacy in K–12 classrooms, providing educators and administrators with the language and tools to facilitate conversations with students about race. She is the cofounder and cofacilitator of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, and she is also the creator of the educational resources for Stamped, funded by the book’s publisher.

Dr. Cherry-Paul is a senior research associate and staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she uses her expertise in critical literacies to advance the work of equity and inclusion in curriculum and teaching. She is the coauthor of four books published by Heinemann: Teaching Interpretation: Using Text-Based Evidence to Construct Meaning, Flip Your Writing Workshop: A Blended Learning Approach, Breathing New Life into Book Clubs: A Practical Guide for Teachers, and Critical Literacy: Unlocking Contemporary Fiction.

A veteran teacher with twenty years’ experience in the classroom, she is dedicated to educators and the field of education. She is the senior advisor of the Heinemann Fellows, where she supports a cohort of teachers in developing action research across two years. She leads presentations about literacy at national conferences and provides professional development for educators on reading and writing instruction and racial literacy.

The authors discuss Stamped with The Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

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