Author Jason Reynolds to deliver Common Reading keynote on Tuesday

Reynolds, who co-wrote "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You" with Ibram X. Kendi, will be delivering the address at 7:30 p.m. via

Jason Reynolds, author of Elon University’s 2021-22 Common Reading selection, will deliver a keynote address to the university community at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The address will be streamed at

Reynolds is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of young adult books, including the “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” which he co-wrote with Ibram X. Kendi and which was selected as this year’s Common Reading. “Stamped” illuminates how deeply embedded racism is in the fabric of the United States’ history, systems and structures.

Selected by a committee of faculty, staff, and students, the Common Reading program is part of every Elon student’s first-year experience. The Elon Common Reading Program challenges students, faculty and staff to examine themselves and the local and global worlds they inhabit through reading. The readings and related discussions aim not only to encourage critical reflection about important issues but also to invite consideration of how our individual actions affect these issues.

Reynolds is the New York Times best-selling author of “All American Boys,” the “Track” series, “Long Way Down,” “For Everyone,” “Miles Morales-Spiderman” among other works. He is a two-time National Book award finalist and the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor and multiple Coretta Scott King Awards. He is the winner of a Kirkus Prize, two Walter Dean Myers Awards and an NAACP Image Award, among others.