MVNC’s Online Racial Justice Book Group

MVNC’s Online Racial Justice Book Group
Vineyard Reads: Racial Justice, Book one – Waking Up White by Debby Irving

The Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative and the West Tisbury Library present a virtual Racial Justice Book Group. This discussion group will meet monthly on Zoom and is free and open to all. Please email to sign up and receive the Zoom invitation. This month we will be discussing Waking Up White, by Debby Irving.

Books to Read and Discuss:

Waking Up White by Debby Irving. Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a teacher, she found wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving, by David J. Silverman. This unsettling history reveals why some modern Native people hold a Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving, a holiday which celebrates a myth of colonialism and white proprietorship of the United States. This Land is Their Land shows that it is time to rethink how we, as a pluralistic nation, tell the history of Thanksgiving

Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. There was a time when ignorance was forgivable. But that time has passed, and hurt people hurt people. Now is the time for healing. And healing begins with introspection and a recognition of our own caste, our own biases, and our own discrimination. This short book peels back the veil and provides a brief glimpse into the history of seven virulent and persistent human biases.


Discussion #1 Waking Up White – Wednesday October 28th at 12pm To be hosted by the author herself Debby Irving and then book Discussion #1 on Thursday November 5th at 12pm

Discussion #2 This Land is Their Land -Thursday December 3rd at 12pm 

Discussion #3 Caste -Thursday January 7th at 12pm

Wrap-up and Action Planning – Tuesday February 9th at 12pm