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SOLD OUT EVENT: Ibram X. Kendi & Nic Stone, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist

Sunday, February 5, 2023 - 5:00pm

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Thank you for your interest.

We are thrilled to announce that the demand for tickets to this event has been so high that we are moving it to a larger venue. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone will now appear at the Kaiser Permanente Arena (140 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060). The event has the same date and time as previously announced.

OFFSITE & TICKETED EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz, NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, and the Santa Cruz Warriors welcome Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone for a discussion about their new book, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist—a dynamic reframing of the concepts shared in Kendi's adult book, with young adulthood front and center. Aimed at readers 12 and up, and co-authored by award-winning children's book author Nic Stone, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist empowers teen readers to help create a more just society.

Kendi and Stone's conversation will be moderated by local activist Thomas Sage Pedersen (Speak for Change podcast).

This event is cosponsored by the Live Like Coco FoundationSanta Cruz Waldorf School, San Lorenzo Vally Unified School District, and Live Oak School District.

The #1 New York Times bestseller that sparked international dialogue is now a book for young adults! Based on the adult bestseller by Ibram X. Kendi, and co-authored by bestselling author Nic Stone, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist will serve as a guide for teens seeking a way forward in acknowledging, identifying, and dismantling racism and injustice.

The New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi is shaping the way a generation thinks about race and racism. How to Be a (Young) Antiracist is a dynamic reframing of the concepts shared in the adult book, with young adulthood front and center. Aimed at readers 12 and up, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist empowers teen readers to help create a more just society. Antiracism is a journey—and now young adults will have a map to carve their own path. Kendi and Stone have revised this work to provide anecdotes and data that speaks directly to the experiences and concerns of younger readers, encouraging them to think critically and build a more equitable world in doing so.

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of many books, including How to Raise an Antiracist, the National Book Award-winner Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and five #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the "Genius Grant." Find Dr. Kendi online @ibramxk on Instagram, and @DrIbram on TikTok and Twitter.

Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. Her debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Clean Getaway, the 2020 NPR Best Book of the Year selection Dear Justyce (a sequel to Dear Martin), the Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection Odd One Out, Jackpot, and Shuri: A Black Panther Novel. She is one of the authors in the New York Times bestselling book Blackout, recently optioned for as a new anthology program for Netflix by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground. Find her online at or @nicstone.


Thomas Sage Pedersen is a community builder, change maker, visionary, and renaissance man. He is best known for his podcast, Speak For Change podcast, which has more than 100 episodes and was founded on the mission of creating positive and lasting social change in our local and global communities. 

He is the founder/CEO of Everyone's Music School.  

He co-founded The Black Kings of Santa Cruz County, a local Black men's group, and is also a member of numerous organizations like the Community Foundation’s Rise Together Santa Cruz County, an intercultural coalition of BIPOC leaders working to advance racial equity in Santa Cruz County. You can find him online on Instagram @thomassagepedersen and @speakforchangeproductions.