Ijeoma Oluo

Books & LiteraturePublishers Weekly

U.S. Book Show: Ijeoma Oluo Wants to Talk About Revolution

Ijeoma Oluo wants to talk about race—and she wants readers to understand that such talks have been going on for a long, long time. “I want people to understand that real systemic change is based on efforts that are happening year-round, regardless of what’s happening in the headlines,” she said during the morning’s keynote, a Q&A between Oluo and HarperOne executive editor Rakesh Satyal. (Satyal will edit Oluo's forthcoming book, which has the working title of Be a Revolution; its release date is yet to be announced.)
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Standing Against Racism with Ijeoma Oluo

Over 600 of you joined us at our first ever virtual Stand Against Racism event on April 30, featuring our amazing keynote speaker, Ijeoma Oluo. As we’re all figuring out what a post-COVID world looks like, we’re still reflecting on Ijeoma’s powerful words:. "We all have power in our systems....
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Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo, YWCA team up for virtual 'Stand Against Racism' event

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish will be hosting its annual event, Stand Against Racism, virtually for the first time this year, with New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo as the keynote speaker. This will be the 10th anniversary of Stand Against Racism in Seattle, an event presented by...
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Ijeoma Oluo to speak at YWCA Stand Against Racism event April 30

The YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish brings keynote speaker and New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo to its first digital Stand Against Racism event Friday, April 30. Held online, this year’s event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Stand Against Racism in Seattle, presented by YWCA’s People of Color Executive Council (POCEC) for more than a decade.
Publishers Weekly

Author Ijeoma Oluo to Speak at U.S. Book Show

The U.S. Book Show, which is taking place online May 25-27, has announced its first guest speaker: Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal Press), who will be in conversation with her new editor, Rakesh Satyal. Oluo's bestselling book So You Want to Talk About...
BC Heights

Author Ijeoma Oluo Discusses Antiracism Efforts

Author of the New York Times Best Seller So You Want to Talk About Race? Ijeoma Oluo, the fourth speaker in the annual spring Lowell Humanities Series, talked about her book at a virtual lecture on March 24 . “Every time I ask a college or university, especially a predominantly...

Ijeoma Oluo to give final MLK/Common Reading Keynote Tonight

Seattle-based writer Ijeoma Oluo will give the third and final joint MLK/Common Reading keynote talk tonight at 6 pm. Oluo’s work on social issues such as race and gender has been published in The Guardian, The Stranger, Washington Post, ELLE magazine, NBC News and more. She is the author of the bestselling 2018 book So You Want to Talk About Race and the 2020 book Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.
MinoritiesCornell Daily Sun

Anti-Racist Author Ijeoma Oluo Explores Allyship, Activism in Annual MLK Lecture

Speaking from her home in Seattle, Nigerian-American author and activist Ijeoma Oluo addressed students directly with advice on student activism, rest and coalition-building during a Monday night lecture. The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture, meant to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, featured Oluo...
Books & LiteratureBoston Globe

Ijeoma Oluo on laughing and crying while reading

In her newest book, “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America,” Ijeoma Oluo recounts and examines how the idea that white men deserve power is perpetuated and its effects on everyone. The Seattle native is also the author of the best-selling “So You Want to Talk About Race.” She joins the Lowell Humanities Series for a virtual talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 via www.bc.edu/lowell.
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Author, journalist Ijeoma Oluo to give annual MLK Lecture

Seattle-based writer Ijeoma Oluo will give the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Cornell, in a virtual forum on March 1 at 7 p.m. Instead of a lecture, this year’s event will be a conversation between Oluo and Edward Baptist, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences and author of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” (2014). A Q&A will follow.

Ijeoma Oluo: “What we are fighting for is Black joy”

In a moving and deeply personal address at MIT’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., bestselling author and speaker Ijeoma Oluo described her journey toward a life’s work focused on issues of racial equity and justice. She urged the audience to go beyond merely working to remove the most overt manifestations of racial injustice, and toward a full rethinking of social, educational, and work structures that limit the full expression of people’s identity.
Seattle, WASeattle Times

Ijeoma Oluo, Gabriel Teodros and the Seattle arts and culture community share their thoughts on violence at the Capitol and where we go from here

Jan. 7, 2021 at 2:08 pm Updated Jan. 8, 2021 at 11:03 am. As a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, disrupting the official Congressional tally of presidential electoral votes, the nation gasped — with astonishment, fear, anger and helplessness. But not everyone was shocked. Former President Barak Obama said the outburst was “a moment of great dishonor and shame to our nation,” but that “we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.”
NBC News

Ijeoma Oluo on why it's time for white male mediocrity to lose its power

When the author Ijeoma Oluo’s first book “So You Want to Talk About Race” was published in 2018, the world did not know the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or Ahmaud Arbery, nor the fates that would befall them. Still, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and a long...