Book with Purpose

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The Book With Purpose program aims to unite the Winston-Salem community over the summer with a one-read initiative for all ages. In 2021, the focus is antiracism and the program will be using books for preschool to adult readers by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Jason Reynolds, and Sonja Cherry-Paul. Bookmarks hopes to connect people from all walks of life in meaningful discussions about racism and antiracism through a variety of book club talks, author conversations, panel discussions with community leaders, and more.

 

The object of the program is to use the books as a starting point for discussion. Programming will occur throughout the summer and in all sections of the community as we aim to meet people in their comfort zones and in ways that invite listening, learning, reflecting, and responding on the theme of antiracism. 

In no way is Bookmarks the expert here. Which is why we are inviting others to participate either by presenting programs during the summer that we can include in the overall event calendar, by donating to help fund the book donations to schools, and by helping us get the word out. 

Book with Purpose: Antiracism launched mid-May and runs through the end of the summer, culminating in an event at the Bookmarks Festival on September 25. Programming will occur throughout the community both in person (when possible) and online.

To watch a community information session recording, click here

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Do you need a copy of one of the books?

Click the image above if you want to request a physical copy of one of the following:
Stamped from the Beginning
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
Stamped (for Kids)
Antiracist Baby


Click the Summer Events image for a complete list of Book with Purpose events.


 

Download a handout by clicking here. 
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Funding Needs:

  • Library copies: Each of the 10 branches will receive 3 copies of each of the 5 titles for a total of 150 books
  • School copies: Each of the 43 elementary schools in the WSFCS system will receive 20 copies of Stamped (for Kids) that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 860 books; One copy of Stamped (for Kids) for each elementary school library; 5 copies of Stamped (for Kids) per elementary school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 215 books
  • Each of the 17 middle schools in the WSFCS system will receive 25 copies of Stamped that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 425 books; One copy of Stamped for each middle school library; 5 copies of Stamped per middle school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 85 books
  • Each of the 18 high schools in the WSFCS system will receive 25 copies of Stamped that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 450 books; One copy of Stamped for each high school library; 5 copies of Stamped per high school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 90 books
  • Copies available from Bookmarks & Community Partners: We would like to offer copies of Stamped from the Beginning, Stamped, Stamped for Kids, and Antiracist Baby to community members 
  • Copies for the Hispanic League: copies each of the Spanish language editions of Stamped youth edition and How to be an Antiracist to be distributed by the Hispanic League 
  • Forsyth Prison Ministries: 30 copies of Stamped for incarcerated fathers; 90 copies of Stamped (kids or youth) for children of incarcerated fathers

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If you missed our t-shirt fundraiser, don't worry! You can still purchase a
"Kraken Open a New Book" shirt by clicking here.
Proceeds will continue to benefit Book with Purpose. 

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SUMMER PROGRAMMING
WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

 

  • Equity in education
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Environmental Justice
  • Equity in the Arts
  • Film screenings
  • Bilingual storytimes
  • Voting rights in NC
  • Summer camps
  • Book discussion with incarcerated fathers and their children
  • Creating an Antiracist Work Environment
  • Racism and religion
  • Author talks
  • Book club discussions

If you purchase a book below, please specify if it is a donation in the order comments. You can purchase directly from our wishlist by clicking here. These books will be donated. If you wish to purchase your own copy to read along, please do so below. 

​​​​​​Additional Recommended Titles:



 

Thanks to Libro.fm for donating 750 free audiobook downloads of Stamped!
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Click here to redeem a copy. 

About Libro.fm:
Same audiobooks. Different story. Libro.fm makes it possible for you to buy audiobooks through Bookmarks, giving you the power to keep money within your local economy, create jobs, and make a difference in your community. Whether you are paying for a monthly membership, giving an audiobook to a friend, or buying audiobooks for your organization, Libro.fm splits the profit from your purchases with your local bookstore.

To purchase any of the titles, see below:

You can listen to an audiobook excerpt of Stamped by clicking here, or to an excerpt of Stamped from the Beginning by clicking here

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Click on the image below to download a book club guide for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Click here for an Educator Guide for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You


 

Our kick off program was on May 18th with the book launch of Dr. Yusef Salaam's memoir, Better, Not Bitter
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Bookmarks, The Foundation for Prosecutroial Accountability Project, and WFU Slavery, Race, and Memory Project are thrilled to present a free virtual event with Dr. Yusef Salaam on the publication day of his new book Better, Not BitterBetter, Not Bitter is the Bookmarks Signed First Editions Club selection for May. Signed copies will be available to new members while supplies last; click here to learn more

About Dr. Yusef Salaam:
Yusef Salaam is the inspirational speaker and prison reform activist, who, at age fourteen was one of the five teenage boys wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison in the Central Park jogger case. In 1997, he left prison as an adult to a world he didn't fully recognize or understand. In 2002, the sentences for the Central Park Five were overturned, and all Five were exonerated for the crime they didn't commit. Yusef now travels the world as an inspirational speaker, speaking about the effects of incarceration and the devastating impact of disenfranchisement. He is an advocate and educator on issues of mass incarceration, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in the criminal justice system, especially for men of color.

About Better, Not Bitter:
This inspirational memoir serves as a call to action from prison reform activist Yusef Salaam, of the Exonerated Five, that will inspire us all to turn our stories into tools for change in the pursuit of racial justice. They didn't know who they had. 

So begins Yusef Salaam telling his story. No one's life is the sum of the worst things that happened to them, and during Yusef Salaam's seven years of wrongful incarceration as one of the Central Park Five, he grew from child to man, and gained a spiritual perspective on life. Yusef learned that we're all "born on purpose, with a purpose." Despite having confronted the racist heart of America while being "run over by the spiked wheels of injustice," Yusef channeled his energy and pain into something positive, not just for himself but for other marginalized people and communities.

Better, Not Bitter is the first time that one of the now Exonerated Five is telling his individual story, in his own words. Yusef writes his narrative: growing up Black in central Harlem in the '80s, being raised by a strong, fierce mother and grandmother, his years of incarceration, his reentry, and exoneration. Yusef connects these stories to lessons and principles he learned that gave him the power to survive through the worst of life's experiences. He inspires readers to accept their own path, to understand their own sense of purpose. With his intimate personal insights, Yusef unpacks the systems built and designed for profit and the oppression of Black and Brown people. He inspires readers to channel their fury into action, and through the spiritual, to turn that anger and trauma into a constructive force that lives alongside accountability and mobilizes change.

This memoir is an inspiring story that grew out of one of the gravest miscarriages of justice, one that not only speaks to a moment in time or the rage-filled present, but reflects a 400-year history of a nation's inability to be held accountable for its sins. Yusef Salaam's message is vital for our times, a motivating resource for enacting change. Better, Not Bitter has the power to soothe, inspire and transform. It is a galvanizing call to action.

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9781568584638
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Published: Bold Type Books - April 12th, 2016

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America


This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.


Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316167581
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

This chapter book edition of the groundbreaking #1 bestseller by luminaries Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is an essential introduction to the history of racism and antiracism in America

 
RACE. Uh-oh.


Antiracist Baby Picture Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110508
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Published: Kokila - July 14th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!


Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.