Upcoming Events


STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Cumberland Public Library

Thursday, June 3, 6:30 pm

Rescheduled to weather.

Date TBA.

Living Literature presents a 30 minute, readers theatre version of STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, Reading Across Rhode Island’s 2021 book selection, performed by Marlon Carey and Phoenix Williams who have both appeared previously in Living Literature’s program for RARI 2018 selection, The Hate U Give.

This will be Living Literature’s tenth year creating programs for RARI, the signature program of the Rhode Island Center for the Book. 

This presentation performed live, outside library is free & open to the public.

Bring your own blanket/chair

STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, is the remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning revealing the history of racist ideas in America, and inspiring hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Living Literature is a collective of Rhode Island based artists and educators creating readers theatre style presentations to dramatize non dramatic writing, using only the author’s words; allowing the audience to experience the events and characters of the story in an unique way. Since its inception in January of 1996, Living Literature has created over 100 presentations based on poems, stories, novels, plays, essays, biographies, articles, and oral histories. They have presented the works of more than 100 different authors, and done presentations in over 100 schools and libraries, and other community venues throughout southeastern New England.

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