Tell Me the Truth
88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine 04101
Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations: How can we speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations? What would such a conversation even look like? Shay Stewart-Bouley (aka Black Girl In Maine) and Debby Irving (author of Waking Up White) show us as they share racism’s impact on their lives and how cross-racial conversation has been instrumental in their own understanding of 21st century racial dynamics. Shay and Debby will explore the common fears and pitfalls of cross-racial conversation that keep people isolated in their own racial groups, at the expense of personal, professional, and societal growth. They’ll also help audience members understand how interpersonal social patterns hinder organizations from living up to their own ideals for diversity. No two conversations are alike as they step on stage with no agenda. Current events, in their own lives and in the larger world, inspire the organic conversation they engage in. Finally, Shay and Debby will offer suggestions to create racial justice habits that can move us from isolated events to sustainable connections. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Presented by Friends School of Portland as part of our Parenting for Peace speaker series.
Cosponsored by Portland Friends Meeting and Durham Friends Meeting.
Community support by USM’s Women & Gender Studies.