Debby Irving is a leading voice in the national racial justice community. Her book shares how she came to understand racial justice, and how that understanding led her to dig deeply into her own white privilege, where she found truths she never knew existed.
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. Her book, 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. She reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. View her full biography on her website.
Many thanks to the Town of Darien; A Better Chance Darien; Darien YMCA; Darien Community Association; The Depot; The Darien Times; Liberation Programs; Person2Person; St. Luke's Center for Family Justice; Everwell; Hayvn; State Representative Terrie Wood; Darien Human Services; Dr. Tara Levinson, PhD, NSCP; and Christa McNamara, Darien Board of Selectman.