A Conversation with Debby Irving

Join us for an evening of conversation offering a fresh perspective on racial bias, stereotypes, and tolerance. 

Monday, January 25
7 – 8 pm program, 8 – 8:30 pm Q&A

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NOTE: this event will NOT be recorded for later viewing

Author Debby Irving will speak about her experiences in trying to better understand racial dynamics, unpacking her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color. Includes a Q&A session, moderated by Roberta Gill-Brooks and Lonnie Reed.

In July 2020, Ms. Gill-Brooks, a Branford resident, joined Representative Lonnie Reed for a conversation about growing up Black in Branford. The overwhelmingly positive response from the community inspired Awakening to Change, a series designed to continue the conversation surrounding the dynamics of race and racism. We hope you will join us and begin (or continue) your own work of dismantling racism.

To learn more about Debby Irving and her extensive works, visit debbyirving.com.

Learn more about racism and antiracism through additional resources on our website.


A limited number of copies of Waking Up White are available through the Blackstone Library. Call today to find out more! 203-488-1441 x 318

“If you’re white, chances are you’ve been taught not to talk about race. If you’re a person of color, you may be wondering what it is that white colleagues aren’t (yet!) understanding. My aim is to increase white racial consciousness while simultaneously shifting the conversation from blame, shame, and denial to humility, self-reflection, and honest dialog. Though my focus is primarily on awakening white community members, all are welcome and the voices and perspectives of people of color are encouraged and honored.”

— Debby Irving



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