Waking Up White: Author Read & Community Dinner

How could a community with good intentions be home to discrimination and racism? How does a state like New Hampshire that is mostly white fit into the national narrative of racial strife, now and in our past? What do we know about race? Through April 2018, residents of Madbury, Lee, and Durham will have the opportunity to investigate race and tolerance in a series of book discussions, lectures, art exhibits, and activities for all ages. The grassroots coalition came together last May as a way to help community members embrace difficult conversations about racism.

Funded in part by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant, the community read features a memoir called Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.

The series culminates with a special event featuring an author talk and community dinner on April 16th at Oyster River High School. Kristin Forselius, chair of the Oyster River Community Read, shared, "This collaboration of businesses, towns, libraries, schools, community groups, and houses of worship makes a strong statement about who we are and who we want to be, which is a community that values all people." For more information and a complete list of events, visit www.orcread.org.