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How to Be an Anti-Racist Book Club Guide

This guide includes the curriculum you need to run a book club based on Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Anti-Racist, as well as supplementary reading and videos.

Chapter 17

A downloadable copy of this guide can be found here.

Goals for Chapter 17

  • Identify specific contributions you can make to anti-racism
  • Identify anti-racist success
  • Define success in terms of anti-racism

Discussion Questions

Go over the group agreements, then discuss the following questions:

  • How has it been for you since the last meeting? Did anything from the book stick with you during that time?
  • What were your “aha!” moments while reading this chapter?
  • What can you do to increase your durability and tenacity as an anti-racist? How can you support others to be more durable?
  • What is something you can uniquely contribute to the anti-racist fight?
  • What does anti-racist success look like to you personally? What would success look like in the library?
  • On page 222, Kendi talks about how the language of anti-racism can be problematic in different ways. What are ways that you can make anti-racist work more accessible to others? Why is this important?
  • Read through Kendi’s list of steps to be an anti-racist on page 226. What do you think of these steps? Where do you see yourself in this list?
  • Is success ever attainable? How and how not?

Wrap up: Depending on time, you may ask people to put these in chat

  • What is a specific action you can take in the next week that is anti-racist?
  • What worked today? What didn’t work?

Additional Materials

“Rewriting the Future” by Walidah Imarisha