Professor Drick Boyd will lead us in reflecting on key themes emerging from his book, White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice (Orbis Books, 2015) 7:30-9:00 pm Monday October 3rd in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. This program is part of Pendle Hill’s First Monday Series and is free and open to the public. Live streaming of the event will be available.
We will explore what it means to be a white ally in the contemporary context of mass incarceration of people of color, stop and frisk, anti-immigration sentiment, and other racially-based forms of discrimination and oppression. What does it actually mean to be an ally? What has to happen both internally and externally for white people to authentically come alongside people of color in the struggle for racial justice? Who are some examples for history we can learn from? What is the role of spirituality in calling and equipping us to be allies?
Drick Boyd is a Professor of the Urban Studies at Eastern University and popular educator teaching courses on racism, urban theology, social activism and leadership. He is a founding member of Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based gun violence prevention organization, and a leader in the education team of POWER, an interfaith social justice network in Philadelphia. He also is member of NewCORE (New Conversations on Race and Ethnicity) and an ongoing group, Whites Confronting Racism. He has written numerous articles and made presentations on Whites and racism, popular education, spirituality and critical pedagogy. He is currently co-writing a book on the spirituality of Brazilian popular educator Paulo Frieire.