Book Discussion – So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Building Connections| So You Want to Talk About Race book discussion

Thursday, July 23 | 6:30-8:00 PM

Video conference via Zoom

Please join us for a virtual discussion of the book So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. As part of the Building Connections program series, we will use this work to discuss systemic racism and white privilege. We welcome all voices to engage with these topics as a community.

This title is available as an always-available audiobook, accessible with your library card through OverDrive or Libby. The Waunakee Public Library also has a small number of print copies available in its walk-in Lucky Day collection. For questions on how to access this title, call the library at (608) 849-4217.

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Please Note:

  • This will be a safe space to ask questions and discuss current events in relation to this title, and no hate speech or personal attacks will be tolerated.
  • The facilitators of this discussion are white. Many Black leaders and other leaders of Color are asking that white people not rely on Black people and people of Color to educate them about systemic racism and white privilege. As we have questions about race and racism, we will research answers together to make sure we are learning from the wisdom of Black leaders and other leaders of Color. 

About the Building Connections Program Series

With a vision of “a thriving community where all are valued” and a mission to “engage neighbors to support and empower one another,” Waunakee Neighborhood Connection is committed to bringing people together to strengthen the community. We recognize that individuals become empowered through knowledge and connections, and the first step in valuing others is to understand others.

The “Building Connections” program series is designed to do just that by introducing neighbors in Waunakee to each other and to lived experiences that may be different than their own. Through the series, we’ll explore topics such as racial and social justice; diversity, tolerance, and inclusion; poverty and the working poor; and the power of connectedness and community.

We are excited to partner with the Waunakee Public Library and Create Waunakee on this series, as they share a common commitment to building community connections and engaging minds through learning and creativity.

Our hope is that you will find something through your participation that will introduce you to neighbors you’ve not yet met, spur your thinking, increase empathy, and move us all toward creating a more just and equitable world.