Ibram X. Kendi on Using His Influence to Ensure That All Black Lives Matter

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Calling Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., “accomplished” is quite the understatement.

And as the accolades continue funneling in—which already include New York Times bestselling author, director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, TED speaker, media contributor and academic—Kendi is making sure to use that influence to bring relief “to Black people who are suffering under the foot of racism.”


“Many of us are constantly being attacked, constantly being discredited, constantly being told that we’re worthless and nothing,” said Kendi, which is why he says he was especially honored to be recognized on this year’s The Root 100.

“To be recognized by African Americans, I mean, it means everything.”

Watch as Kendi emphasizes the importance of uplifting all Black people, why lists like The Root 100 are so critical, and more in the video above.


Jessica Moulite is an award-winning Video Producer at The Root passionate about dismantling unjust societal power structures and all things Black culture. She's also probably watching “Living Single.”


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