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.

Though the library buildings are temporarily closed, you can still place a copy of Stamped on hold and pick it up via our curbside pickup service

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.
  • Please check back closer to the day of the event for more information about how to connect with this program.

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.
  • Please note that this program requires registration to attend. Register here before or during the program and you will receive an email from libraryoutreach@wm.edu with the Zoom link info to connect. 

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.
  • 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.
  • Please note that this program requires registration to attend. Register here before or during the program and you will receive an email from libraryoutreach@wm.edu with the Zoom link info to connect. 

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.
  • Please note that this program requires registration to attend. Register here before or during the program and you will receive an email from libraryoutreach@wm.edu with the Zoom link info to connect. 
February 11, 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.
  • Please check back closer to the day of the event for information about how to connect with 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.
  • Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84494973523?pwd=bDFldTlrTWJYNW9ya3JqU1FXL1Zadz09

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.
  • Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82057635216?pwd=a011WTIxTTZ5U1NERSt6Ni82L3FTQT09

Stamped: Teen Book Discussion

February 18, 7 p.m.

Self Care: Healing Racist Wounds

February 24, 7 p.m.

Community Resources for Racial Reconciliation

February 25, 7 p.m.

Resources and Related Talks:

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

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