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Opening the dialogue on race

Authors Debby Irving and Shay Stewart-Bouley explain why it's important to talk about race.
Stewart-Bouley & Irving


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Authors Debby Irving and Shay Stewart-Bouley will host a conversation about race at The Portland Public Library on September 9th.

The talk is called "Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations."

Stewart-Bouley is the executive director of Community Change, Inc. a civil rights organization in Boston, and posts about current events and what it was like moving to Maine - a predominantly white state - on her site "Black Girl In Maine."

Irving is the author of "Waking Up White," her own story of learning about different forms of racism and how she became a voice on the subject.

The duo plans to discuss how race played a role in their lives, and how to open the dialogue and have more honest conversations about race.

First, they spoke to 207 about the way the nation seems to view race now, and what they're hoping the U.S. learns out of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The two will be in the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library on September 9th from 7-9pm.