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Waking Up White: Forum and author Q&A
July 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Calvary, Cincinnati, invites you to explore the realities of race in our day-to-day.
When Waking Up White, And Finding Myself in the Story of Race published in January 2014, author Debby Irving provided a “Racism 101” for white people and a rare exposé on whiteness for people of color. It was the book she wished someone had handed her decades ago. “Like most white Americans, I completely misunderstood what racism was and how it had always been operating in my life and in my white community.”
Join Debby Irving, clergy, and leaders of Calvary Church, Cincinnati in this opportunity to explore the realities of racism that are embedded into our personal experience day to day in the safety of a church community. The author asks that there are no recordings of this online event, so please plan to attend online or join a subsequent book study to access the content.
Admission is free but pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom Webinar room. Space is limited. Make sure to secure your slot A.S.A.P.
“Author Debby Irving brings to racial justice the perspective of working as a community organizer and classroom teacher for 25 years without understanding racism as a systemic issue or her own whiteness as an obstacle to grappling with it. As general manager of Boston’s Dance Umbrella and First Night, and later as a classroom teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she struggled to make sense of tensions she could feel but not explain in racially mixed settings. In 2009, a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, gave her the answers she’d been looking for and launched her on a journey of discovery. Debby now devotes herself to working with white people exploring the impact white skin can have on perception, problem-solving, and engaging in racial justice work. A graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. Her book, Waking Up White, tells the story of how she went from well-meaning to well-doing and how she unpacked her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color. She reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. “
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