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Debby Irving presents “White Privilege”

October 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Zoom Videoconference

Please join the conversation on Tuesday, October 20 at 7 PM EST when author and racial justice educator Debby Irving presents “White Privilege,” session five of the six-part series The Start of Change: Addressing Racism.

“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,” states Debby Irving, educator and author of  Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. In her presentation, Irving uses her own life to explore the systemic racism that goes largely unnoticed yet perpetuates long-held racialized belief systems. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. Irving’s story provides a context that allows white people to quickly grasp modern racism’s inner workings and enter conversations with new awareness and skill.


New Canaan Library, New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, New Canaan Community Foundation,  Interfaith Council of New Canaan, and the Grace Farms Foundation are collaborating to co-host an important series to address our community’s understanding of race and racism. “The Start of Change: Addressing Racism” is a six-part series, designed to bring our community together in developing a common understanding of the history, policy, and experiences shaping present-day discussions of race.


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. 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. View her full biography on her website.



October 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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