Diversity Topic: Race, Power and Privilege

The Melrose UU Church Diversity Topic Team for “Race, Power, and Privilege” invites all of us to participate in several events and efforts in the coming weeks.

First of all, the City of Melrose will hold its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. Sponsored by the Melrose Human Right Commission and supported by local churches (including MUUC), organizations, and businesses, the day will start with city-wide service projects and a discussion on white privilege at MUUC and end with a city-wide pot-luck and MLK Day program at the First Congregational Church. Please click HERE for more information.


The Race, Power, and Privilege Topic Team also strongly encourages everyone to read the book, “Waking Up White”┬áby local author Debby Irving. Debby is originally from Winchester, and as she grew up, she became more aware of the existence of endemic racism and the negative impacts of privilege. She gave a talk at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church earlier this year.

Called “One of the most important books on race in recent memory.” by the “Readers + Writers Journal”, if you do purchase “Waking Up White“, 50% of the profits will go to charities addressing issues of racial inequality.

The Topic team has been planning three dates for a book discussion of “Waking Up White“. People are welcome to join one or all three. The first discussion will be on Sunday, February 4, at 12:00pm. More information to follow.

More about Debby Irving can be found on her website: www.debbyirving.com.

More about the book, “Waking Up White“, can be found on the book’s website: www.debbyirving.com/the-book.


The MUUC Diversity Topic Team (Race, Power and Privilege) also urges everyone to read through the recent Boston Globe Spotlight (c) series on “Racism in Boston”.

From December 10 – 16, 2017, the Boston Globe Spotlight ran a series of seven articles covering this subject: the problems in the past, the problems in the present, and some hope for the future, including our need to be involved in accepting the reality and calling out racism when it happens.

By clicking on the link below, you will be able to see all seven articles.

We strongly recommend reading through all seven articles. This is a powerful series and will be a terrific basis for discussion within our church.

(all credits for these articles belong to the Boston Globe)

Boston Globe Racism Series December 10-16 2017