Book Discussion: Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

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Date(s) - 11/09/2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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The Welcoming Congregation Refresher Committee has selected a book for the congregation to read and discuss as the final activity for our renewal application to the UUA to be a designated UU Welcoming Congregation.

The book is entitled Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.  Sadly, issues of race relations continue to occupy center stage in our country.  Do we see or feel race issues on Martha’s Vineyard?  For reference, the earliest record of the sale of a slave on Martha’s Vineyard was by a grandson of Thomas Mayhew in 1703. There are other accounts of Vineyarders owning slaves well into the late 1700s.  It would be hard to deny that there are still racial issues here on the Vineyard.  In keeping with our UUSMV Mission and Vision, please join us to read this book and develop a better understanding of “white privilege.”  This powerful book opens a rare window on how white Americans are socialized.  With this understanding, and from your own perspective, we will consider, or re-consider, our role in dismantling racism.

Our discussion will be Thursday, November 9, 3:30-5:00 pm at UUSMV.  Please check your local library, download to your Kindle, or purchase the book.