Book with Purpose Community Information Session

Book with Purpose, taken from our new tagline, will focus on antiracism throughout the summer. The program will feature books for all ages and events throughout the community. To learn more about this new initiative, attend one of our four community information sessions between April 1 and May 6; email info@bookmarksnc.org to register. 

This year's Book with Purpose will use titles by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Initially a National Book Award winning and New York Times bestselling book for adults, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Kendi has been developed into a young adult version by award-winning and bestselling children's and YA author Jason Reynolds. Because of its immense success in 2020, there will be a children's edition published this May for ages 7-10. Kendi also published a picture book and board book edition of Antiracist Baby which explains these thoughts and history notes in a digestive form for young children and families. 

We know we have a lot of work to do. Acknowledging racism in our city, country, and world is only one step. We have to acknowledge it in our hearts, families, friendships, and places of business. We know that to do that we need to listen and learn. So we are reaching out to our community friends to be involved in this summer program and help move Winston-Salem in the right direction.

We are proud to work with the following community partners who have agreed to create change in our community:

  • a/perture cinema
  • Action 4 Equity
  • Forsyth County Public Library
  • Forsyth Prison Ministries
  • Hispanic League
  • Knollwood Baptist Church
  • MUSE Winston-Salem
  • Read WS
  • Reynolda House Museum of American Art
  • Salemtowne
  • Temple Emanuel
  • The Links
  • Wake Forest University Law School
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Winston-Salem Police Department
  • Winston-Salem State University 
  • 12 book clubs confirmed to read Stamped

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Please be aware of our Code of Conduct:
Bookmarks has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind in person or social media, including but not limited to: Stalking; intimidation; offensive verbal comments; physical assault and/or battery; harassing or non-consensual photography or recording; sustained disruption of programs, panels, signings, and other events; bathroom policing; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome physical attention, in relation to, but not limited to: race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, ability, appearance, religion, citizenship, pregnancy. If a person engages in harassing behavior, Bookmarks Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including but not limited to expulsion from the Bookmarks sponsored event or premises. This policy applies to everyone (exhibitors, attendees, authors, speakers, guests, press, staff, board members, and volunteers) at all of Bookmarks events and programming. Anyone can report harassment. If someones behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact Bookmarks staff or security. In this virtual landscape, we ask that you remain respectful as you would for an in person event. We will remove and ban you from virtual events if you submit any inappropriate content, offensive or of any nature that does not pertain to the event visually, verbally, or in written content. If removed from the event, you will not receive a refund of any kind.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:00pm
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