Our Upcoming Events

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

Date: October 17, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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

Our Past Events

Rally Against Gun Violence

Date: June 2, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm
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.

Good Trouble: Civil Rights Are Not a Waiting Game

Date: January 17, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Zoom

Join in a community multi-generational and multi-racial discussion where you are invited to engage in small and large groups for brave conversations about Will Smith’s Netflix series “Amend: The Fight for America,episode titled “Wait,” and its relevance to the challenges we all continue to face today. Most importantly, we will discuss actions we can individually and collectively do to bring about change. Wellesley Public School students and World of Wellesley board members will co-facilitate the discussion.

This year’s events are all virtual and FREE, but we invite you to join with World of Wellesley in taking action by making a voluntary contribution. All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund of the Boston NAACP, an organization that practices “Good Trouble”, coined by the late Senator John Lewis.

If you would rather send a check, please mail to World of Wellesley, P.O. Box 812381, Wellesley, MA 02482. In addition, donations can be made to WoW online: https://worldofwellesley.org/about/donate/

JUNETEENTH 2021: World of Wellesley Challenge

Start date: June 19, 2021
End date: August 19, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Hidden in plain sight, New England is overflowing with rich, diverse African-American and African diaspora cultural traditions and history. Select from a multitude of in-person and virtual exhibits on African-American and African diaspora art, movement, song, history to bring yourself, a partner, or the entire family to explore, experience, and engage.

You will not be alone. World of Wellesley Ambassadors will be available to meet up at a few venues to bring a collective together to learn, share, and grow in our understanding of the wealth of African-American and African diaspora history accessible in our local cultural institutions.

The World of Wellesley Juneteenth Challenges runs from June 19th – August 19th 2021.  However, we encourage you to explore the available cultural exhibits throughout the year.

We ask that as you peruse the offerings that you may ponder three questions:

1) What did you SEE?

2) What did you THINK?

3) What did you WONDER?

Then, tell us about it. Create a Juneteenth art piece, share a selfie from your Juneteenth event, or email us with your favorite reflections on the above three questions.  Send it to info@worldofwellesley.org and we will highlight it on our World of Wellesley Website.

Making the Invisible -> Visible Part 2

Date: May 2, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom

The World of Wellesley and Wellesley Chinese Language School remain vigilant in raising awareness and combating increased racism, violence and discrimination faced by Asians since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. This discussion features three expert presentations along with a Q&A, community discussion.

Presenters include:

Elisabeth Chan, Educator and Ph.D. candidate,

Jennifer Nwachukwu, Council, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist Director, Youth Media & Wellbeing Research Lab at the Centers for Women, Wellesley College.

This event has passed, but to view the presenter’s slides please click on their names!


Wellesley Multicultural Festival 2021

Date: April 10, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom

The Wellesley Multicultural Festival (WMCF) is a town-wide, annual event, organized in partnership with Wellesley Public Schools which raises important questions for citizens, public administrators, and political leaders by asking for recognition of and respect for cultural differences. Every year the community engages in a growth mindset by organizing and participating this event. Growing and learning in a multicultural, brave and safe space-environment yields (in particular for K-12th grade children) a greater understanding of others’ beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. With this knowledge of others, the Wellesley community experiences and practices higher levels of interpersonal and social skills and through understanding various cultures and social groups, students are able to make connections from their own lives to the lives of their peers and thrive in a diverse world. The Wellesley Multicultural Festival is town-wide, free registration and remains inclusive of all Wellesley residents- multi-heritage and multigenerational. The WMCF is in keeping with the core values of Wellesley Public Schools and the World of Wellesley.

Program Schedule:


5:30 PM Christina Horner Co-President of WOW – Welcome and introduction


Tier I 5:45-6:15 PM

Breakout room: Chinese is easy to learn- Haihong

Chinese is easy to learn especially for Pre-K children, through song! Join this session to experience it! Parents please join in.


Breakout room: Palestine – Anais 

Learn about Palestine. Appropriate for K-5 students and parents


Breakout room: Brazil – Nathalie

Learn about Brazil. Appropriate for K-5 students and parents


Breakout room: Wellesley Middle School Chinese Class- Min

Presentations and games about Chinese culture and Chinese Yo yo demonstration! Appropriate for K-5 students with parents and 6-8th graders.


Breakout room: Brazil – Rose

Share Brazilian culture and sing a song in Portuguese for Pre-K with parents


Breakout room: Celebrate Holi the festival of colors from India – Priya

Holi is a popular festival known as the “festival of colors” from India, is celebrated annually welcoming the spring season and signifies the triumph of good over evil. Come hear a story read in rhyme about how the festival came to be and its cultural significance. Great for K-8 students with parents.


Breakout room: Korean story and song – Stella

Read a story and sing a song in Korean. Appropriate for Pre-K and K-5 students with parents


Breakout room: Poetry analysis: the old South and its historical malinvestment in labor – Henri

Analyze an original poem and discuss its take on historical missteps, systems and strategies of the old South. Appropriate for 9-12th graders and adults


Breakout room: Presentation by 3rd grader – Vanda

Norouz- Iranian/Persians New Year Celebrations. Appropriate for K-8 graders, all ages are welcome



Tier II 6:15-6:45 PM

Breakout room: Bollywood Dance – Rajini and Priya

Music and dance are integral to South Asian culture, celebrations and festivals such as Holi- the festival of colors. Bollywood (India’s Hollywood) has many group-dances, Holi songs! Come dance with us and bring any questions you may have! Appropriate for all ages. 


Breakout room: Indigenous Hip Hop Fest – Christina

Music is international! Join our music video party, and learn about the life, joys and struggles of various different Indigenous nations through some of hip hop’s leading Indigenous artists. Appropriate for all ages.


Breakout room: African Safari – Grieta

What’s on Safari? Join this session to find out!


Breakout room: Chinese Yo yo – Ceida

Watch a video of Wellesley students Yo yo and bring your questions! Appropriate for K-5 and parents. All ages welcome.


Breakout room: The everyday life of Russian serfs – Elena and Arina 

During this presentation, you’ll find out what was the most important object in the house, why the diet of serfs was not the healthiest one, which things a person had to do in order to be considered accomplished and hear about other aspects of everyday life of Russian serfs. Appropriate for all ages.


Breakout room: Poetry Reading and Discussion – Tanya

Read and discuss “I Dream A World” by Langston Hughes and “Where The Mind Is Without Fear” by Rabindranath Tagore.


Tier III 6:45-7:15 PM

Breakout room: Field trip to the Temple of Heaven, China – Julianna

Come see this ancient Temple and the science behind the building as well as experience the culture and the faith. Appropriate for all ages.


Breakout room: Spanish Kahoot – Teresa

Learn about Spain with a fun game of Kahoot with Teresa


Breakout room: Abilities Dance Boston – Ellice

Watch a dance program and discuss its cultural significance 


Breakout room: Korean culture- Wellesley High School Korean Club

Find out what you don’t know about Korean tradition, food, holidays, school, traditional instruments and more! Appropriate for all ages.


Breakout room: NATyA Dance Collective: Poseidon, Earth Shaker – Smitha

NATyA Dance Collective presents Poseidon: Earth Shaker- a piece that narrates the story of the Greek god of the sea through the Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. NATyA presents Bharatanatyam to diverse audiences by leveraging original choreography, storytelling, and innovative music. Appropriate for all ages.

Frederick Joseph Author Visit: The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

Date: March 20, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom
Join celebrated author Frederick Joseph for an incredible event – a presentation of his bestselling book ‘The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person’ including an engaging question and answer session! Best for grades 7 and up.
‘Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirs – creating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.’
Put the book on hold here:
More about the book here:
Questions? Please call 781-235-1610
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries and World of Wellesley

Community Book Read 2021

Date: March 7, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online Event

Attend our author event for our Community Book Read: When Getting Along Is Not Enough, Reconstructing Race in Our Lives and Relationships by Dr. Maureen Walker. Race is a powerful, societal qualifier and by reading this book you will discover how Dr. Walker provides ways by which to enter into discussions about race and race relations.

Everyone is welcome—even is you haven’t read the book. Dr. Walker will speak to her vast experience, reflection, and research on race relations and invite you into conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Walker and to reflect on ways for transforming fear into courage and for building relationships and connections to others.

Are you uncomfortable talking about race? You are not alone. Dr. Maureen Walker, a licensed psychologist, educator and writer understands the complexity of race relations and inspires her audience to bridge the cultural differences of race, religion, gender and other social status markers.

As a former Wellesley resident Dr. Walker understands the challenge of addressing race in predominantly white community. Dr. Walker, a highly trained facilitator, provides a safe and engaging environment for her audience to enter into conversation about race and race relations.

For more information on Dr. Walker, go to: https://maureenwalker.com/speaker-and-educator/


Support Local Independent bookstores: Wellesley Books has this title in stock. For curb-side pick-up or to have the book shipped directly to your home, visit https://www.wellesleybooks.com​​ or call 781-431-1160​. Hours for in-store shopping: Monday–Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM.

Beyond the Hashtag: Seeing and Understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement

Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom Webinar

This free webinar is generously co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library Foundation and World of Wellesley.

Through the lens of Philadelphia-based photojournalist Kriston Jae Bethel, gain a better understanding of the driving forces behind the Black Lives Matters movement, including issues of criminal justice, economic inequality and urban development. In addition to looking at social problems, examine the solutions that are being enacted to help solve them. This moderated talk will use his photos from diverse stories to spark a deeper conversation on what it means to be Black in America.

In 2020, Kriston joined American Reportage, a collective of photojournalists that specialize in telling stories about communities across the United States. That same year, he also joined Diversify Photo, a group of BIPOC and non-Western visual creators helping to diversify media outlets.

He also works with Resolve Philly, an industry-leading reporting collaborative between newsrooms across Philadelphia, that strives to lift up community voices in the region. With its partner organizations, he’s produced visuals for solutions stories that go beyond the problems we see in headlines to examine how they might be solved.

Making the Invisible Visible: A Dialogue to Stop the Hate

Date: February 14, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online Event

Join this community forum aimed at 1) developing a shared understanding of the historical context of anti-Chinese discrimination in the US, and 2) gain information, resources and support for community members who became the target of racism and xenophobia. This event is sponsored by the Wellesley Chinese Language School, the Wellesley Chinese American Network (WECAN), and World of Wellesley (WOW).


  • Elisabeth L. Chan, Associate Professor, ESL, Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus
  • Meghan JopTown Director
  • Chief PileckiWellesley Police Department
  • Marjorie Freiman, Wellesley Select Board Chair
  • Lise Olney, Wellesley Select Board
  • Chinese community members who have been the victims of racism and xenophobia in Wellesley

Good Trouble Short Story Book Group (Grades 8-12)

Date: January 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online Event

Students in Grades 8-12 will engage in a text-based discussion focused on recognizing and combating racism not only in their communities, but also within themselves. The ultimate goal of the session is to commit to Good Trouble by continuing the conversation beyond the Dr. King holiday and committing to meaningful action beyond the day.

The Good Trouble: Book Groups will be facilitated by Wellesley Public School Students and focus on a short piece from chapter thirteen of Sterling Hayden’s “Wanderer.” Find a PDF online or access images of the reading in a document here: Ch.13 of Sterling Hayden’s “Wanderer”- WoW MLK Day Book Group Discussion Piece.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.