Professor Ibram Kendi will discuss “Stamped from the Beginning,” his National Book Award-winning history of American racist ideas, at the Atlanta Historical Society on Dec. 12.

Kendi, a professor of African American history at the University of Florida, will discuss the political reasons for the creation and popularizing of racist ideas. His book won the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction.

Kendi’s lecture, part of the Aiken Lecture Series, will take place Dec. 12, 8 p.m. at the History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. For more information, see or call 404-814-4150.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.