Difficult Conversations: Book Groups Explore Racial Literacy
On Sunday afternoon, 60 people gathered together for a potluck–the culminating event for a new PNA project, Breaking White Silence Book Groups. The group representatives came together, shared their experiences, and dialogued with Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of the book they read: What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing a White Racial Literacy.
This past winter and spring, PNA started this ambitious project that grew out of our 2016 Difficult Conversations Series on race. A small steering committee was formed and committed to do in depth consciousness raising on race using the book. The committee held an open gathering for people who might want to be facilitators of book groups, large and small and open to public, but also those that might want to be with a group of friends or colleagues.
Thirty-one people came to this open call and we are proud to say that we had 14 groups meeting February through June in the northend of Seattle. Some were in churches and synagogues; some at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center. But many were in people’s homes. We also were generously gifted with 50 books that we were able to make available to those who could not afford the book.
We hope to continue our learning with more groups and future activities. Stay tuned for fall.