An Evening with Waking Up White Author Debby Irving

An Evening with Debby Irving – Author of Waking Up White

Sponsored by Acton Congregational Church, UCC Boxborough, West Acton Baptist

Church, and Social Action of Beth Elohim (Na’aseh)
Wednesday, January 17 6:45-9:00 pm Acton Congregational Church Free Will Offering
12 Concord Road, Acton

Waking Up White, is the book Debby Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy
struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As she unpacks 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. Monies beyond expenses will be donated to Foster Racial Justice Group

About Debby Irving: Debby Irving is a racial justice educator, author, and public
speaker. A community organizer and classroom teacher for 25
years, Debby Irving grappled with racial injustice without
understanding racism as a systemic issue or her own whiteness as
an obstacle to it. As general manager of Boston’s Dance Umbrella
and First Night, and later as an elementary school teacher in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, she struggled to make sense of racial
tensions she could feel but could not explain. In 2009, Debby took a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, which gavemher the answers she’d been looking for and launched her on a journey of discovery. Now, speaking and leading workshops around the country, Debby devotes herself to exploring the impact white skin can have on perception, problem solving, and creating culturally inclusive communities. A graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon
College and an MBA from Simmons College. Her first book,