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World of Wellesley’s Annual Community Book Read with celebrity author and journalist Ari Berman

Date: 2023-03-21
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Wellesley College


Ari Berman

Give Us the Ballot:

The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Join the World of Wellesley, in partnership with The League of Women Voters, Wellesley College and Wellesley Books, for our 2023, IN PERSON Community Book Read, “Give Us the Ballot”. You will have the chance to meet and hear directly from Ari Berman at an in-person event on March 21st. In the interim, recommend this book to your friends and neighbors and ask yourself why is the right to vote still under debate? For more information and reviews of “Give Us the Ballot”, go to: Review by New York Times, Macmillan Publisher review

Ari Berman is an award-winning journalist, national voting rights correspondent at Mother Jones, Reporting Fellow at Type Media Center and author of GIVE US THE BALLOT: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. Through meticulous research, in-depth interviews, and incisive on-the-ground reporting, Give Us the Ballot offers the first comprehensive history of its  kind, and provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.


Purchase “Give Us The Ballot” from Wellesley Books (click here)

The event is mask optional. Wellesley College, Tishman Commons is wheelchair accessible.

Documentary Discussion: “13th” an extraordinary film by Ava DuVernay

Date: 2023-01-31
Time: 06:30 - 08:30
Location: Wellesley Friendly Aid, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley


(“13th” is available to stream free on Netflix or YouTube)

Please join the World of Wellesley for our Documentary and Discussion: 13th, on January 31st: 6:30-8:30 PM. Masks are optional. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE admission. Please click on the image to stream on YouTube.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads ‘Neither slavery norinvoluntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.’ The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing

lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Culture Duration: 1:40:02

Related Searches: Current Topics, Politics, History, Racism, U.S., Prison

Documentary Discussion: Just Mercy

Date: 2022-12-13
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: 219 Washington St Wellesley MA

The World of Wellesley invites you to join us for a discussion about movies and documentaries! We ask that you watch the movie or documentary at a time that is convenient for you and then join the in person conversation. Our first movie is “Just Mercy”.


Just Mercy on Amazon (please consider purchasing via https://smile.amazon.com/)

Just Mercy – Netflix

DVD, VCD and Blu Ray copies available through the Wellesley Public Library

Or read

“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, also available through the Wellesley Public Library


Tea and cookies will be available. Please join us for a relaxing and casual evening of thoughtful discussion!

Please note that this event is mask optional. For more information: info@worldofwellesley.org

Talking about Race with Children: Why It Matters and How to Start Doing It

Date: 2022-10-17
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Wellesley Middle School - Cafeteria
Talking to young children about racism, anti-racism and bias can be daunting, even for parents who have experience with these issues in other contexts. Feeling ill equipped to engage is common, but waiting until children are developmentally ready for adult discussions misses an important window, since the roots of racism and bias can start extremely early. Come learn about the impact on children and how to get started with teachable moments for children from preschool through middle school age. The event will be led by Meredith Moore from the group Kids for Racial Justice.
Light refreshments to be provided. For more questions and information please contact info@worldofwellesley.org

When the Land Speaks: An Untold History and Living Presence of the Indigenous of Massachusetts; and the Importance of Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

Date: 2022-10-09
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Location: Virtual event
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The Committee for Indigenous Peoples Day Wellesley, WOW is honored to welcome back Native American Cultural Educator, Larry Spotted Crow Mann of the Nipmuc Nation. Please join us as this award winning speaker details the untold history and continued presence of Indigenous Peoples in what is presently called Massachusetts. In advance of this year’s Indigenous Peoples Day on October 10th, the speaker will also detail why Indigenous Peoples Day should be a national day of remembrance, education and celebration.

Sponsored by The Committee for Indigenous Peoples Day Wellesley, World of Wellesley

Rally Against Gun Violence

Date: 2022-06-02
Time: 17:00
Location: Wellesley Town Hall - Front Lawn

Thursday, June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and we’re teaming up with the Wellesley Democratic Town Committee and the Wellesley Action Alliance for a protest in support of Gun Control and Black Lives. We want to honor the lives lost in Buffalo, Uvalde, and countless other incidents of gun violence with ACTION. Included in
this demonstration is our standing weekly protest for abortion rights.

International Night 2022

Date: 2022-05-18
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Location: Wellesley High School Auditorium

Young Ethnic Scholars, WPS present: International Night 2022 on May 18th, at 6 PM at the Wellesley High School auditorium. International Night is a school and Wellesley community-wide event to raise cultural awareness among students, parents, and the community as a whole. This day of cultural exposure will give participants a place to begin their journey of cultural acceptance, diversity, and anti-racism. 

The goals for International Night include giving students the space to showcase their cultures for participants willing to educate themselves; to increase cultural awareness, decrease bias, microaggressions and racism within our schools and community and create a safe climate for students of color; to create an environment wherein students feel comfortable expressing their cultures and identities; and participants will have the chance to immerse themselves in music, food, and a variety of activities such as a fashion show, privilege walk, poetry, and more. 

While YES hopes these activities will provide glimpses into the cultures we represent, as a group, we recognize that we cannot represent every culture or every aspect of each culture. We must also not tokenize the cultures we present, and education and reflection are highly encouraged. This event is free and open to the community. Donations are welcome.

The Documentary Project by the WPS, Evolutions Program Students

Date: 2022-05-03
Time: 19:00 - 20:00
Location: Zoom

Wellesley Public School, Evolutions Program students, to present three documentaries about their journey to gain more understanding about historically marginalized groups. These documentaries are a reflection of the steps these students have taken towards the promotion of a more accepting environment in our town. In partnership with the World of Wellesley, this event will take place virtually, via Zoom, on May 3rd (Tuesday) at 7PM. A Q&A session will follow afterwards. 

The representation of Muslim Americans in Educational systems

Diva Productions has created a documentary that highlights Muslim educational experiences regarding intersectionality within Islamic identity and school systems. Our documentary walks viewers through each team member’s journey as we explore the experiences of those who practice Islam and the lack of representation in Wellesley’s educational curriculum.

The 2 Year Program Turned 56: The Black/African American METCO experience

This documentary explores how suburban Wellesley students such as ourselves contribute to the marginalization and empowerment of METCO students. The film is composed of the experiences, stories, and beliefs of current and former Black and African American students in the METCO program and contrasts them with that of our own.

The impact of media on the Hispanic and Latino community

This documentary focuses on the Latino and Hispanic community, as well as identifies the lack of accurate Latinos/Hispanic portrayals in the media. This film addresses the what, why and how media has such a large impact on the Latino/Hispanic community. 

Please ensure you register to receive the meeting link, this event is free admission and open to the Wellesley community.

Book Talk Event – “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee

Date: 2022-05-01
Time: 02:00 - 02:00

The LWVW and World of Wellesley invite you to a VIRTUAL discussion about Heather McGhee’s NYT bestseller and National Book Award Longlist “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” (focus on Chapters 1 and 2). This book can be found at the Wellesley Free Library and Wellesley Booksmith.

Sunday, May 1, 2022 – 2:00pm.

League of Women Voters Wellesley LWVWellesley2@gmail.com


Virtual Concert to Benefit the Resettlement of Afghan Families in the United States

Date: 2022-02-11
Time: 20:00 - 21:00
Location: Online Event
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The Immigration Justice Group at Temple Beth Elohim presents a virtual CONCERT on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 8:00 pm to benefit the resettlement of Afghan Families.

You need to register in order to get the link to the concert: registration information. If you can’t attend the concert, but wish to donate: Click here, scroll down and you will see a black/gray box on the right where it says “Donate” and click on “The New Americans Immigration Fund”.

If you prefer to send a check donation, please send to Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley, MA 02481 with a notation “New Americans Fund.” Every dollar raised will go directly toward the Afghan families’ rent and any immediate needs.

 Thank you to all who have registered and/or donated already!!! These families will be incredibly thankful for your kindness! Hope you can curl up on the couch, grab a drink and/or dessert, and enjoy the performance this Friday night!

By Isabel Wilkerson

Community Read 

Join our Community Book read! In addition to reading the book, we invite you to organize or join a book discussion for your organization, place of worship, coworkers or book group.

There will be an author event with Isabel Wilkerson. Register here!

Author Event 

Join author Isabel Wilkerson for a virtual webinar MARCH 10, 2022, 6:15-7:30 PM.

It will be facilitated by Dr. Regine Michelle Jean-Charles, Director of Northeastern University’s Department of Africana Studies, and Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice, and Professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Register here!

About the Book

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, was published in August 2020 to critical acclaim and became a Number 1 New York Times bestseller. Dwight Garner of The New York Times called it, “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.” Oprah Winfrey chose it as her 2020 Summer/Fall book club selection, declaring it “the most important book” she had ever selected.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her deeply humane narrative writing while serving as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Wilkerson the National Humanities Medal for “championing the stories of an unsung history.”  –Penguin Random House

Learn more about Ms. Wilkerson and her work here.


When Getting Along is Not Enough: Reconstructing Race in Our Lives and Relationships

By Dr. Maureen Walker

Community Read 

Join our Community Book read! In addition to reading the book, we invite you to organize or join a book discussion for your organization, place of worship, coworkers or book group.

Register here!

Dr. Walker is one of the most powerful voices today in the areas of relational and cultural growth, antiracism and reconciliation. She has worked at Harvard Business School and Wellesley College. She is passionate about bridging cultural differences. She is hopeful and inspirational and believes in the individual and collective power to heal our divisions and disconnections. 

About the Book

Race is a powerful qualifier in our society, it shapes perceptions of who belongs and informs narratives of who we are as a community and as individuals. Using examples from her practice as a licensed psychologist and as an African American growing up in the South, Dr. Walker provides a way to enter into cross-racial discussion about race and race relations. Throughout her book Dr. Walker shares stories as examples of our racialized lives and poses questions for reader reflection.

Learn more about Dr. Walker and her work here.