For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.
Join Martha Brackeen-Harris for tonight's discussion.
Martha Brackeen-Harris is a retired public and independent school educator who served for over 40 years in Philadelphia and Hartford area schools. She has worked diligently to make schools places where all children are valued and learn to embrace similarities and differences. She has conducted diversity workshops both locally and nationally and has spoken about her life growing up in the Civil Rights era to a variety of audiences. She serves on the Library Board in Bloomfield.
All readers are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the library one month prior to the discussion date. Registration is appreciated.