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An In-Depth Look At The 2013 National Race Amity Conference

14 Nov

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

My first foray into attending a conference that focused on diversity, inclusion and race relations was on November 1st and 2nd, 2013, at the National Race Amity Conference sponsored by the National Center for Race Amity (NCRA) based at Wheelock College in Boston, MA.

I wouldn’t have known about the conference if it weren’t for Debby Kittredge Irving sending me an email notice a few weeks earlier. I met Debby several years ago at the Grub Street Writers’ Conference in Boston. In one of the workshop sessions, Debby had mentioned a book she was working on about race and her awakening to her own white privilege–the first time I had heard the term used, and I just knew I had to connect with her. By then I had been doing my own writing about what seemed to be my obsession with race relations.

As I thought about attending the conference, I recall wondering, and at times worrying about what the experience would be like. […]

Re-Post from The Root: Ole Miss Integrator: Nothing To Celebrate

10 Oct

When I first started to read this article from The Root, I thought, hmmm, is James Meredith being a crotchety, old man?

But then… […]