April 20, 2023 / St. Louis, Missouri – Author Shelly Tochluk will lead an interactive discussion, It’s Okay to be White: A Roadmap to a Positive, Antiracist Life, on May 18 at the historic Phyllis Wheatley Heritage Center.

The mission of YWCA Metro St. Louis is eliminating racism and empowering women. The organization, known for its impactful and popular Witnessing Whiteness program and for its 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge with St. Louis County Library (which starts May 1), is presenting another racial justice learning opportunity on May 18.

Author Shelly Tochluk believes the current battle lines drawn around white racial identity are misleading and dangerous. She will address the problem of seemingly oppositional – and often manipulative – messaging around whiteness, drawing on themes from her forthcoming book, Being White Today: A Roadmap for a Positive Antiracist Life.

Attendees can expect to receive thought-provoking information, an opportunity for discussion and questions, and they will learn how white people can and should play an important role in the fight for a just, multi-racial democracy.

Tochluk will sign books after the discussion. Attendees may bring their copies of Witnessing Whiteness or they may pre-order her new book through Left Bank Books and receive a signed bookplate.

This event is free with limited seating.

It’s Okay to be White: A Roadmap to a Positive, Antiracist Life
A Conversation with Author Shelly Tochluk

Thursday, May 18
5pm Doors open
6pm Program begins
7:30pm Book signing

Phyllis Wheatley Heritage Center
2711 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

YWCA Metro St. Louis is the region’s leading advocate for the safety, security and stability of women and children, serving more than 10,000 women, girls and families annually. The mission of YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA offers crisis intervention and rapid re-housing for victims of sexual and domestic violence; services for pregnant women and Head Start and Early Head Start early childhood education; economic empowerment services for all clients; and racial justice educational programs.



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