LET’S TAlk about: racism
Early in 2016, Sacramento Public Library launched a new series designed to engage the local community in the lost art of conversation. We coined it a meetup — for your mind.
The series, called Let’s Talk About,
started with a discussion on race and racism led by playwright and Emmy-award winning journalist Ginger Rutland and racial equity facilitator Dia Penning.
Nearly 100 people joined us as we met with these two brilliant minds whose past, present and future work has helped to shape the ongoing discussion on race and racism.
ABOUT GINGER RUTLAND
is a retired journalist who began her career at KCRA 3 in 1972. In 1979 she became the Capitol Bureau reporter for KRON TV Channel 4 in San Francisco where she won an Emmy for the documentary, Showdown at Diablo
. In 1989, she joined the Sacramento Bee editorial board where she remained until her retirement in 2015. Ginger also spent many years as a regular commentator for Capitol Public Radio. When We Were Colored – The Play
is her first foray into theater and a very personal tribute to her parents.
ABOUT DIA PENNING
has designed curriculum at San Francisco Arts Commission, for the Columbia College Department of Cultural Affairs in Chicago, among others. At the Ann Martin Center in Oakland, she works with teams to relieve their fear of change by building ideas and giving people time to reflect and respond. In addition to her role as education manager at World Trust
, she leads the creation of racial equity learning modules. She has 15+ years as an expert facilitator in the field.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Debby Irving is unable to attend the event.
MORE ON DEBBY IRVING AND HER BOOK WAKING UP WHITE
Author Debby Irving was originally scheduled to present and discuss her book Waking Up White.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, she is unable to attend, but we continue to encourage you to read the book.
Irving’s TED Talk provides insight into what you’ll find within its pages.
Join us for a discussion on GoodReads about the book and the subject of race and racism in the world today.
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LET’S TAKE ACTION
Looking for more? Check out these additional resources provided by Debby Irving.