Ibram X. Kendi

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Ibram X. Kendi
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BornIbram H. Rogers
1982 (age 36–37)
Jamaica, Queens, United States
OccupationWriter, historian
EducationFlorida A&M University, Temple University
Notable awardsWinner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction
SpouseSadiqa Kendi
ChildrenImani Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi (born 1982) is an American author and historian located at American University.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which was published by Nation Books.[7]


Kendi was born as Ibram H. Rogers in 1982 in Jamaica, Queens. He received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and African American Studies from Florida A&M in 2004, and earned his doctorate in African American Studies in 2010 from Temple University.[5]

In 2013 he married Sadiqa in Jamaica where they unveiled their new last name, "Kendi", which means "the loved one" in the language of the Meru people of Kenya.[8] He is a New York Knicks fan.[9]

In January 2018, a colonoscopy indicated that Kendi had cancer. A further test revealed that he had colon cancer that had spread into his liver. After six months of chemotherapy and surgery that summer, he was cancer free.[10]


Kendi is a leading scholar of race and discriminatory policy in America. He has published a number of essays in both books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture.[6] He is the author of two books: The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972 and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Kendi teaches history and international relations in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the founding director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University.[11] He was previously a professor of African-American History at the University of Florida.


  1. ^ Catania, Kaitie (May 10, 2017). "Ibram X. Kendi Joins Faculty". American University.
  2. ^ Lozada, Carlos (April 15, 2016). "The racism of good intentions". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Stamey, Laura (April 1, 2017). "Changemakers: Ibram X Kendi traces the toxin to its source". The Gainesville Sun.
  4. ^ Large, Jerry (December 5, 2016). "New history clarifies the workings of racism; author Ibram X. Kendi shares his thoughts". The Seattle Times.
  5. ^ a b "Ibram X. Kendi". University of Florida.
  6. ^ a b "Author & Professor, Ibram X. Kendi". PBS.
  7. ^ "2016 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction". National Book Foundation. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Essence.com
  9. ^ Theundefeated.com
  10. ^ https://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/15/ibram_x_kendi_on_frederick_douglass
  11. ^ American.edu

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