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Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You By Jason Reynolds, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
Illustrated by Rachelle Baker

One Book, Many Stories offers everyone in our community the opportunity to read, discuss and formulate an action plan to address important issues. Our goal is to foster change through engagement, empathy and understanding through shared stories to make Athens a better place for all residents.  We’ll offer free virtual book discussions and community events starting this week and continuing throughout summer. Everyone in Athens is invited to participate, from middle school students to adults! We hope you’ll join us for some meaningful conversation! This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.  

Save the date for these future events: 

  • Rabbit Box: Stamped: Stories About Racism and Antiracism 
    • Hosted by Dr. Freda Scott Giles, Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
    • Held at the VFW, 835 Sunset Drive, Athens, Georgia
    • ($7/advance, $10/door)

Previous events:

  • Walk and Talk
    • October 3rd, 2021 4pm - 5pm, Clarke Middle School field
    • All ages welcome! More at Facebook!
  • Forms of Black Power in Stamped :  From the March on Washington to the Juneteenth National Holiday and beyond: plotting the new road ahead"
    Join Drs. Carolyn Jones Medine  (UGA Institute for African American Studies), Dr. Llewellyn Cornelius (UGA Center for Social Justice), and Lemuel "Life" LaRoche (UGA School of Social Work, Chess and Community), and community members for a discussion of how the U.S. Black Power movement opened up the door for ongoing discussion regarding community involvement in unraveling the legacy of racism in the U.S. Our group discussion will be based on Section 5- 1963- today of the book:  Stamped, Anti-Racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi. 
  • Virtual Community Conversation by Inclusivv, formerly Civic Dinners hosted by Athens-Clarke County Inclusion Office
    • Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. Register here
  • Broadcast on WUGA's "Athens News Matters", Friday, August 13 at 1pm, Saturday, August 14 at 10am and Sunday, August 15 at 12 noon. 
  • Stamped Author Event: July 12, 2021, 7:00 p.m. 
  • Inclusivv (formerly, Civic Dinners) hosted by Athens-Clarke County Inclusion Office
    • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 6 pm
  • Beloved Community Dialogues hosted by Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
    • Thursday, April 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m. - Section 1
    • Thursday, May 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m. - Section 2

So what can you do in your life to advance equity, diversity and inclusion?  Here are some ideas to get you started. 

Pick up your book HERE:

Avid Bookshop, 1662 S Lumpkin St, Athens, 706-850-2843
Shane Dekle State Farm1425 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, 706-543-8400 (Free!)
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce246 W. Hancock Avenue, Athens, 706-549-6800 (Free!)

If you or your organization would like to sponsor purchasing books for this project please contact Books for Keeps.


In the Beloved Community, caring and compassion drive political policies that support the worldwide elimination of poverty and hunger and all forms of bigotry and violence. The Beloved Community is a state of heart and mind a spirit of hope and good will that transcends boundaries and barriers. -   Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many thanks to our participating organizations and sponsors:

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens-Clarke County Office of Inclusion, Association for the Study of African American Life and History Athens Chapter, Avid Bookshop, Books for Keeps, The Charles Knapper Project, Chess and CommunityDivas Who Win Freedom CenterEnvision AthensFamily Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens,Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens:Neighborhood Leaders, Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, The League of Step, Rabbit Box, University of Georgia Center for Social Justice, Human, and Civil Rights, WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM 


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