A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

For this week’s reflection on our “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing,” watch this conversation between Jemele Hill (staff writer at The Atlantic) and Ibram X. Kendi about his book “How to Be an Antiracist.” This conversation was recorded at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival, and touches on so many fundamental ideas that are at the heart of what we are doing in our “overdue reckoning.” At the close of this conversation, Dr. Kendi speaks to the importance of caring for ourselves as we engage in anti-racism activism!


“Overdue Reckoning on Racism” BILNOC gathering July 31st – then August break

Yes indeed! Saturday July 31st will be our last “summer” gathering, focused on networking and support among Black,Indigenous, Latina/x and other nurses of color! We have shifted zoom access to a “registration” system — all you need to do is follow the link to register on Zoom, and the meeting link and meeting information will be delivered to your email! If you register and then lose the meeting information, just register again!! Here is the registration link for July 31st –

Jul 31, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

During August, our organizing team is having a retreat to renew our commitment and shape the ongoing vision for “overdue reckoning on racism in nursing.” This work is not something that has an end point, or a product … it is a process that requires the kind of unrelenting attention, dedication and planning that “growing” anything demands. We are creating the “soil” from which to grow new possibilities for nursing and health care, where the damaging effects of racism are confronted, where we nurture “tough conversation” skills that change the landscape of human interaction.

During this August break from our gatherings, we will post here every Thursday, providing the latest news about the plans for September and beyond! We will also include information about inspirations and resources to continue our reflections and growing anti-racism awareness.

Resource for this week –

The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a wonderful introduction and guide for “Being Antiracist.” They give clear explanations of the various levels and types of racism – individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural. In explaining what it means to be “antiracist” they point out:

Being antiracist is different for white people than it is for people of color. For white people, being antiracist evolves with their racial identity development. They must acknowledge and understand their privilege, work to change their internalized racism, and interrupt racism when they see it. For people of color, it means recognizing how race and racism have been internalized, and whether it has been applied to other people of color.


I highly recommend taking the time to read and reflect on “Being Antiracist.” It is clear and thought-provoking – packed with examples and prompts for action! I even recommend reading through this page several times during the month of August! You can use this one resource as a guide for moving your own antiracism journey further down the path that we are seeking!

This video is featured on the “Being Antiracist” page – but I am posting it here as well because it is so important – and so powerful!

“Overdue Reckoning” July gathering – and an important resource: Anti-Racism Daily!

Our July gathering to focus on networking among Black, Indigenous, Latina/x and other nurses of Color is happening on July 31st! For this and all of our meetings going forward, register on Zoom to get the meeting login details. You can register right up to the time the meeting starts, and if you lose the meeting information – just register again!!

Register for July 31st “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing” BILNOC Meeting –
4 to 5:30 pm Eastern

During August, our organizing team is taking time for an intensive retreat to plan for the future of this project. During this time, we will post on this blog every Thursday with information about the future of our work together, and will include resources that everyone can tune in to as we continue to grow in our capacity for anti-racism activism in nursing!

To begin, we are featuring “Anti-racism Daily” – a daily newsletter that gives important information about the many ways that you can raise your awareness and grow your activism! Take a look at the amazing list of archives – there are topics covered here that many of us have never even imagined in the context of our anti-racism awareness!

Subscribe to the Anti-Racism Daily emails here!

“Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing” – Taking an August Break!

Our organizing team for this project has decided to take a break from our usual monthly schedule for the month of August – but we will be back in September! Remember to follow this blog to get email notifications of our blog posts – we will announce each new event well in advance!

The Last Saturday “BILNOC” gathering in July is (of course) happening before our August break!

Then …. no gatherings in August. But never fear – members of the organizing team are going on a virtual retreat in August with the intention to revisit and renew our commitments, and return to this work with new vigor! We believe that this project is vital for the future of nursing, and that our approach to addressing racism is both unique and necessary. We believe that until the voices of nurses of color are at the center, racism in nursing will persist.

So watch this blog – we will post here the specific plan for September and going forward! We WILL go forward .. our commitment to this work is unrelenting!

If you have ideas for the future of this project, please let us know! Use our contact form here – https://nursemanifest.com/contact-us/. We are eager to hear from you!