DO THE WORK: An Evening with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz *IN-PERSON*
Join Loyalty Bookstores and DC Public Library for a live, in-person event with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz in conversation with Dian Holton and Kenrya Rankin for Do the Work: An Antiracist Activity Book! This event will take place at DCPL's MLK Library location. The event list for in-person attendance is full, but click here to join the waitlist or watch the livestream on DCPL's YouTube channel! You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or borrow a copy from DCPL, and we will have additional copies for sale at the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Overwhelmed by racial injustice? Outraged by the news? Find yourself asking, “What can I doooooo?” DO THE WORK!
Revelatory and thought-provoking, this highly illustrated, highly informative interactive workbook gives readers a unique, hands-on understanding of systemic racism—and how we can dismantle it.
Packed with activities, games, illustrations, comics, and eye-opening conversation, Do the Work! Challenges readers to think critically and act effectively. Try the “Separate but Not Equal” crossword puzzle. Play “Bootstrapping, the Game” to understand the myth of meritocracy. Test your knowledge of racist laws by playing “Jim Crow or Jim Faux?”
Have hard conversations with your people (scripts and talking points included). Be open to new ideas and diversify your “feed” with a scavenger hunt. Team up with an accountability partner and find hundreds of ideas, resources, and opportunities to DO THE WORK!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
W. Kamau Bell is a dad, husband, and comedian. He directed and executive-produced the four-part Showtime documentary We Need To Talk About Cosby, which premiered at Sundance. He famously met with the KKK on his Emmy-Award-winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, where he serves as host and executive producer. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, CBS Mornings, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Comedy Central, HBO, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, WTF with Marc Maron, The Breakfast Club, and This American Life. He has two stand-up comedy specials, Private School Negro (Netflix) and Semi-Prominent Negro (Showtime). Kamau’s writing has been featured in Time, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN.com, Salon, and The LA Review of Books. Kamau’s first book has an easy-to-remember title, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. He is the ACLU Artist Ambassador for Racial Justice and serves on the board of directors of Donors Choose and the advisory board of Hollaback! Along with Kate Schatz, he’s the co-author of Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Activity Book. For more information, please visit: http://www.wkamaubell.com/, or follow W. Kamau on Twitter here and Instagram here.
Kate Schatz is an author, activist, educator, and queer feminist mama who's been talking, writing, and teaching about race, gender, social justice, and equity for many years. She's the New York Times-bestselling author of the "Rad Women" book series, (Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, Rad Girls Can, and Rad American History A-Z) and her book of fiction Rid of Me: A Story is part of the cult-favorite 33 ⅓ series. Along with W. Kamau Bell, she’s the co-author of Do the Work: An AntiRacist Activity Book. For more information, please visit www.kateschatz.com, or follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram here.
ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNERS
Dian Holton is a multi-disciplinarily designer whose work includes editorial design, book design, craft, branding, retail installation, styling and footwear design. Growing up abroad due to her family's military service, she continues to travel globally for work, philanthropy, fashion, pop culture and education. She mains an active member in many industry design organizations, a critic for college design programs and a juror for some of the most coveted design and illustration competitions. For the fourth year in a row, Sisters From AARP, a newsletter that she creative directs received a webby nomination. View her work via dianholton.com and her daily musings under @dianholton on social media.
Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author, journalist, editorial consultant, producer and podcast host whose work amplifies the lived experiences, advocacy and labor of people of color and shifts the narrative around who deserves liberation, joy, justice and dignity in America. She's also an Alfred Knobler Fellow at Type Media Center. You can find her at Kenrya.com and she is @kenrya on all social media.
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