New Canaan Library, New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, New Canaan Community Foundation, and the Interfaith Council introduce 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. New Canaan residents, organizations and leaders are being encouraged to participate in this important initiative. “The Start of Change” series is also supported by the generosity of community partner Grace Farms Foundation.
Respected academics, authors and policy experts will address multiple topics related to race relations in America. The series will be followed by facilitated discussions to explore creative and meaningful action steps relevant for our community.
Part 5 October 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“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.