Group Contact: Nicole Nehring

Community: Sanctuary

Booked for Lunch Invitation by UMW

Race is a hot button in most social and political settings today.  It seems like every corner you turn, there is either information or opinions popping up.  How do you feel about race?  Does the topic make you nervous because you don’t know how you feel and, at the same time, you don’t want to offend anyone with your thoughts or questions? Are you interested in learning more but not sure where to start?

Countless resources have recommended starting with So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo.  Ironically, UMW had already put this book on their recommended reading list for 2020 before the most recent current events began highlighting it.  Ijeoma is a writer and editor living in Seattle, WA.  She speaks frankly and practically about many of the aspects of race that have affected her life both personally and professionally.  This book is perfect for group discussion because she gives talking points in each chapter, both for Black and White parties in a conversation.  She is frank about what to NEVER do, which will be enlightening.  She is raw, yet understanding.  She is honest about her reluctance when it comes to race and even about things in her life that make her sensitive, above and beyond just being Black…because there is so much more to her than the color of her skin.  These things unite us as humans. We are complex people who come to the table with nuances that make us who we are as well as culture and history we cannot escape. “With language that’s bold, prescient, funny, and finely tuned, Oluo offers hope for a better way by showing what’s possible when connections are made across the divide.” (Hari Kondabolu)

Join us as we dive in to this challenging discussion with vulnerability and curiosity. Nancy Sterling, Chapelwood member and passionate researcher of social justice, will lead our discussion on Tuesday, September 8, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. You can purchase the book on Amazon, and Google Play. Local bookstore Blue Willow Bookshop on Memorial Drive has copies in stock. Questions can be directed to Nicole Nehring.


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