The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 - 7: Ibram X. Kendi

Oleg Dyachenko
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Explosive uprisings across the country have demanded not only justice for Black people but also structural changes to protect us, and Ibram X. Kendi's anti-racist work has been fundamental to dismantling the intricacies of systemic racism. After founding the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and leading it for three years, the Guggenheim fellow, contributing writer for The Atlantic and National Book Award winner moved to Boston University in July to launch its Center for Antiracist Research, focusing also on developing a COVID Racial Data Tracker to monitor the virus's impact on Black and brown communities. Kendi's New York Times-bestselling _How to Be an Antiracist_ is now required American reading, his 2020 TED Talk has racked up more than 1.4 million views, and he released the _Antiracist Baby_ picture book to give little ones a head start on the acceptance of others and their humanity. In this time of prescriptive change, it seems that people are listening.