MVNC’s Online Racial Justice Book Group

MVNC’s Online Racial Justice Book Group
Vineyard Reads: Racial Justice, Book two – Faith and Boundaries by David Silverman

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 Faith and Boundaries by David Silverman. The author will be joining the discussion.

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.

Faith and Boundaries by Author David Silverman, uses the story of Martha’s Vineyard Wampanoags to examine how it was possible for Indians and Europeans to live peacefully in early America and for Indians to survive as distinct communities. On an island marked by centralized English authority, missionary commitment, and an Indian majority, the Wampanoags’ adaptation to English culture, especially Christianity, checked violence while safeguarding their land, community, and ironically, customs, even as the racial barrier between peoples grew more rigid.

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 Faith and Boundaries -Thursday December 3rd at 12pm 

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

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