Jennifer Harvey, author

Jennifer Harvey, author

May 2, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm, in East Lansing, Michigan


Join us from 6 - 8 pm at the East Lansing Public Library for an evening with author Jennifer Harvey as she talks about her newest book, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. This book talk and signing is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor at Drake University whose work focuses on racial justice and white anti-racism. Her recent books include Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Dr. Harvey also contributes to CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and Huffington Post and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.). She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Copies of Raising White Kids will be available for purchase and signing.

About Raising White Kids

Raising White Kids is for families, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions. For white people who are committed to equity and justice, living in a nation that remains racially unjust and deeply segregated creates unique conundrums.

These conundrums begin early in life and impact the racial development of white children in powerful ways. What can we do within our homes, communities and schools? Should we teach our children to be “colorblind”? Or, should we teach them to notice race? What roles do we want to equip them to play in addressing racism when they encounter it? What strategies will help our children learn to function well in a diverse nation?

Talking about race means naming the reality of white privilege and hierarchy. How do we talk about race honestly, then, without making our children feel bad about being white? Most importantly, how do we do any of this in age-appropriate ways?

While a great deal of public discussion exists in regard to the impact of race and racism on children of color, meaningful dialogue about and resources for understanding the impact of race on white children are woefully absent. Raising White Kids steps into that void.

As Dr. Harvey says in Raising White Kids:

“Race-conscious parenting is an approach that insists on noticing and naming race early and often…This approach stands in dramatic and stark contrast to color-blindness. Our children can grow into citizens, neighbors, friends, and family members able to resist, dissent, create and construct as we equip them through race-conscious nurture toward healthy white identity, today, tomorrow and throughout their lives.”