Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice

A Book Discussion with Author Mark Warren

Thursday, December 2, 2010 | 4 - 5:30pm
USC Leavey Library Auditorium

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Join us to hear Mark Warren discuss his new book Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice. The book uncovers the dynamic processes through which some white Americans become activists for racial justice. Fire in the Heart reports powerful accounts of the development of racial awareness drawn from interviews with fifty white activists in the fields of community organizing, education, and criminal justice reform. Cognitive and rational processes alone do little to move whites to action; rather, the motivation is profoundly moral and relational. Warren also considers the complexities white people face in working in multiracial organizations committed to systemic change in America’s racial order, and provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role that white people can play in efforts to promote racial justice.

This event is sponsored by the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and co-sponsored by Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere - Los Angeles (AWARE-LA) and these USC departments and organizations: American Studies & EthnicityCampus and Community United, and Sociology.

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