We hear a lot about what it means to be black in America. What’s often missing is a good understanding and conversation on what it means to be white, held in a safe environment.
The second series of Books That Matter series began on Sunday, Feb 21st. It focussed on being white in America. We will discuss TWO books; you pick one to read. Debby Irving’s Waking Up White and Tim Wise’s White Like Me share their personal stories in light of our national narratives on privilege and race. This is life-changing stuff.
When: Sundays at 1:30 pm on February 21st & 28th and March 6th & 13th.
Where: Christ Church, located at 561 Springfield Avenue in Summit
What if I haven’t read either book? Of course, it’s always helpful if you’ve read the book. However, we have designed each session so that even the not-yet-readers will be able to participate.
What if I cannot make all of the sessions? It’s okay. Each session is independent. That said, you’ll want to attend them all!
“Debby Irving’s powerful Waking Up White opens a rare window on how white Americans are socialized. Irving’s focus on the mechanics of racism operating in just one life — her own — may lead white readers to reconsider the roots of their own perspectives — and their role in dismantling old myths. Readers of color will no doubt find the view through Irving’s window fascinating, and telling.” — Van Jones, author, Rebuild The Dream, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
“I read Waking Up White in one sitting. To say I loved it is an understatement. It’s such a raw, honest portrait …. Irving’s experience on display – warts and all – will help white people, who haven’t noticed the role systemic privilege has played in their lives, start to see the world in a new way.” — Jodi Picoult, author, The Storyteller, My Sister’s Keeper