Williamsburg Regional Library and William & Mary are once again partnering to bring you One Book One Community, an initiative that encourages our community to come together and have a shared reading experience. This year’s book selection is Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. This #1 New York Times bestseller is an eye-opening and accessible exploration of race and racism in the United States.

Throughout January and February, we’ll be hosting a variety of programs that complement this book, culminating with a virtual visit from Jason Reynolds on February 22.

WRL Programs

Signature Event — Virtual Author Visit: Jason Reynolds

February 22, 7 p.m.

  • Stamped co-author Jason Reynolds will be giving a virtual talk for WRL and W&M in late February.
  • Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of poetry and fiction for young adults. His personal mission: “don’t write boring books.” In addition to his Newbery, Printz, and Edgar Awards, he was named as the Library of Congress’ national ambassador for young people’s literature in January 2020. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi thought him the perfect person to “remix” his book, Stamped From the Beginning, to reach a wider audience. After years of coaxing, Reynolds finally agreed, creating an “impressive and much-needed” book that draws a line from the first European slave traders to today’s Black Lives Matter movement.

Learning About Racial Trauma

January 13, 2 p.m.

  • Led by presenter Chloe Edwards, we will dive into history and peel back the comfortable and utterly uncomfortable layers of our individual and collective experience, to expose the fallacies that contribute to racial trauma that oppressed communities endure and rise above today. You’ll be part of the conversation, so bring your questions and observations. This program contains some images of violence, which we will alert you to.
  • Watch a recording of this program here

Uncle George and Me

January 26, 7 p.m.

  • Author Bill Sizemore confronted the legacy of his slave-owning ancestors, and traced the descendants of the enslaved through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, and the Civil Rights movement. Then he met Uncle George, the 90 year-old son of an enslaved man held by the Sizemore family. Uncle George and Me was the result of his 8-year search and his growing understanding that our self-induced amnesia prevents a dialogue about slavery and its ongoing and crippling effects.
  • Watch a recording of this program here.

Barbara Hamm Lee: A Dialogue on Race

January 27, 7 p.m.

  • Barbara Hamm Lee is familiar to Hampton Roads listeners as host and executive producer of WHRO’s Another View. She will moderate an open discussion about race and racism, its history in our region and its current effects. Participants are encouraged to join the conversation with their own ideas and questions.
  • Watch a recording of this program here.
  • Click here for a list of resources, including books, videos, and articles, recommended by our participants during this program.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Race

February 4, 7 p.m.

  • Learn conversation starters and strategies to help families have meaningful conversations about race.
  • Watch a recording of this program here.
  • Click here for the PowerPoint presentation from this program

Stamped: Community Book Discussion

February 10, 7 p.m.

  • Join our community to talk about Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason Reynolds’ “remix” of Dr Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in American History. His conversational tone is ideal for this “essential, meaningfully accessible reading” created to foster understanding and conversation. The discussion will be moderated by Lawrence Gholson, president of the Williamsburg NAACP and long-time activist in Hampton Roads.

Turning Pages: A WRL Book Group

February 16, 7 p.m.

  • This month we’ll be discussing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason Reynolds’ “remix” of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in American History. His conversational tone is ideal for this “essential, meaningfully accessible reading” created to foster understanding and conversation.

A Thousand Words: The Fight Against Racist Imagery

February 17, 7 p.m.

  • Steve Prince will take participants on a historical journey examining the power of racist imagery upon the psyche of America and the world. He will reveal how artists have historically resisted racist imagery by raising awareness, challenging, and creating new and more equitable narratives of diversity.
  • Watch a recording of this program here.

Stamped: Teen Book Discussion

February 18, 7 p.m.

  • Join other readers ages 13-18 to talk about Jason Reynolds’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

Self Care: Healing Racist Wounds

February 24, 7 p.m.

  • Beyond the obvious effects of racism is an underlying reality — people affected by the stress of racism show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Join Amanda Lynch, a Trauma Informed Specialist to learn ways to cope, and resources to help with self-healing.
  • Watch a recording of this program here.

Community Resources for Racial Reconciliation

February 25, 7 p.m.

  • Organizations around the region are working towards racial justice, reconciliation, and progress towards an anti-racist society. Join us to hear about their approaches and how to get involved.
  • Watch a recording of this program here.

Resources and Related Talks:

Materials from WRL to stimulate thoughts and conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion

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