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There are 17 comments on “I Believe That Change Is Possible”—Q&A with Ibram X. Kendi

  1. I am so excited Dr.Kendi is joining Boston University. Thank you Jean Morrison for your leadership and to everyone else who participated in the successful effort to bring this amazing individual to Boston.

  2. Welcome Dr. Kendi! Your insight, knowledge, experience and leadership are exceptionally valuable assets to the BU community.

    Thank you Provost Morrison also for your leadership, making sure the opening of the center and hiring of Dr. Kendi happens.

  3. Grateful for Dr. Kendi—wonderful and welcome addition. But can we talk about how many black folks cannot afford to attend BU? It is one thing to admit students of all backgrounds, but ever-rising tuition makes it clear that BU’s words are shallow. (This is a criticism on BU, not Dr. Kendi, whose work is indispensable.)

  4. Could not be more excited about this! Dr. Kendi’s work and that of the Center for Antiracist Research are powerful additions to the work of the School of Theology. So looking forward to collaborating!

  5. Ibram Kendi has deeply influenced my understanding of racism in America, in both of his recent books. I am a 79-year old groupie of a 37-year old mentor! Boston University and Provost Morrison deserve Boston’s gratitude for making Dr. Kendi and his remarkable wife part of our community. I truly believe change is coming.

  6. A warm welcome to BU for Dr. Kendi! You mention Howard Zinn as one of your “academic heroes”. He was a friend and colleague here at BU for many years, and I’m sure that he would be extremely happy about your arrival if he were still with us. Hopefully you can help to reignite the activist spark here at your new institution. That would make Howard even happier…

  7. Ibram X. Kendi has been a distant mentor to me through his writings and televised talks on what it means to be anti-racist. I hope that many more universities follow BU’s lead to create their own anti-racist research centers and educational programs. Excavating the generational trauma of structural racism is long overdue – better to start now than never.

  8. As an alumni, I really appreciate this. Is there also a link to where BU reports on it’s admissions? I would like to see what safeguards are there to protect against racism both during admissions and throughout college in access to resources etc.
    Thank you

  9. As a graduate of the law school, I so appreciate the idea of an anti-racism program working with the law school to generate a specialty or co-degree program that would graduate civil rights lawyers. Think public defenders, and prosecutors too! The law is a solid place from where to foster social change.

  10. As a BU alumnus,I was so proud to see what my alma mater is doing. As someone else said above, Dr Kendi has deeply influenced my understanding of racism in America and motivated me to look inside at my ignorance . As someone who was that person who was sure he wasn’t a racist, because of Dr Kendi , I’ve come to examine my thoughts, words and actions.

  11. Welcome Dr. Kendi. I am so exited to see the resources that BU is investing in to gain a deep understanding of meaningful solutions to the a problem that has seemed unsolvable. This research will be critical to ensuring a brighter future for all.

  12. Thank you BU. So proud to be a double Terrier. I am more impressed each day with all that you do. I am so excited to have Dr. Kendi join the community and hope there will be alumni events with him that I can attend.

  13. Dr. Kendi’s arrival is the first step on a long, and overdue, journey at BU. If the commitment of the university is to move beyond hiring one academic star, and embrace systemic change, then the work must start within. There is an awful lot of changes needed at BU! Wishing the best to Dr. Kendi and the new center.

  14. Thank You B.U . and thank you Dr. Kendi for coming to B.U. The timing couldn’t be better. I so look forward to hearing you speak at a SSW conference where you belong!!!

  15. As a visiting research fellow with the Pardee Center for the Longer Range future I cannot be more excited to welcome Dr. Kendi and look forward to collaboration to root out racism – since the founding of the Union, America’s most challenging issue. BU’s support for a high profile Antiracism center is significant in that when Wheelock College was absorbed by BU a few years ago it did not bring along the National Center for Race Amity that was launched at Wheelock to work towards making our nation’s motto, E Plurinus Unum, “out of many, One” and working with a task force and the mayor’s office inaugurated Massachusetts Race Amity Day on the 2nd Sunday in June. I hope that antiracism research and action to eradicate racism will also begin to shed light on America’s largely unwritten history of race Amity – standing together for abolition, for civil rights, for farm workers rights, for human rights speaks to our highest aspirations, our motivation to sacrifice for the sake of each other to establish justice for all and to ennoble the human race with peace and equity!

  16. I too am excited and welcome both Dr. Kendi as well as BU’s Center for Anti-racist Research. I have seen Dr. Kendi on a few media outlets and enjoyed his insight on the topic of racism. I will be keeping an “eye-out” for any upcoming events and do hope that workshops around racism are in fact created and developed (aside from the research) so that more organizations such as the Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC) can be a part of especially since our members have voiced their interest in wanting to expand their knowledge on said topic.

    Once again, WELCOME!!!

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