Blog Posts

12 Years A Slave – Too Hard to Watch?

By Debby Irving | December 5, 2013

  My husband Bruce and I went to 12 Years A Slave on opening night, too early in its life to have heard much about it. I hadn’t read the book, not even a review. I went in without expectation. Two hours later, I’d been shaken to my core. When the lights came up, the … Read more

Remembering the Shame, Healing the Hurts

By Debby Irving | November 19, 2013

Written by guest blogger, Phyllis Unterschuetz, co-author of Longing: Stories of Racial Healing, co-founder The Race Story reWrite Project In a few days I’ll be with my family for Thanksgiving. There will be chaos in the kitchen, stuffing-with-gravy overload, and lots of laughter. I will not spend one moment thinking about Pilgrims and Indians; I will … Read more

Good News

By Debby Irving | November 13, 2013

    No, it’s not my good news. It’s just that I was reminded this past weekend of how important it is to hear good news — progress and success stories that fuel our resolve to work through seemingly intractable problems. My blast of ‘good news’ came this past weekend at a conference, Where Integration Meets … Read more

Delusion & Discovery

By Debby Irving | November 6, 2013

I used to describe my Uncle Jack as my cool uncle, the one who took us to the beach every chance he got. We went so often that the lady at the beach concession stand knew us by name and even gave us free ice cream cones. For years, just thinking about Uncle Jack and … Read more


By Debby Irving | October 28, 2013

    “Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and just envision. Imagine your organization, your town, or some community you are a part of having achieved racial equity.”   When I’d signed up for an all-day training called Transforming Organizations: Internalizing Racial Equity, I’d expected an ass kicking – a series of mind-bending exercises … Read more