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City of Beaverton

Posted on: April 10, 2019

Free Discussion About White Allyship at Beaverton City Library

BEAVERTON, Ore. – What does it mean to be a white ally? And, what does it mean to have the support of white allies? What is needed from white people in our communities to move the conversation about racism—both statewide and nationally—forward in a productive and respectful way?

This is the focus of “White Allyship: An Oregon Humanities Conversation Project,” a free conversation with Alexis James on Monday, April 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th St). This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

During the conversation, participants will have the chance to explore their identities, learn how to acknowledge different lived experiences without alienating friends and neighbors, and move toward action in their own communities.

Alexis James is a longtime educator and activist. Her current activism is focused on early childhood literacy and advancing social justice across the state of Oregon through her role as director of program operations and personnel at SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). Being a native Oregonian has created in Ms. James an enduring and unconditional love for the state and a desire to see Oregon manifest its social justice hopes and dreams.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.