Pilgrimages for Racial Healing


Claiming the Past, Healing the Present, Changing the Future

bryants-groceryMembers of the Richmond VA and Southern California (Pasadena) CTTT Local Affiliate Groups have been developing ideas and plans for CTTT organizing pilgrimages; journeys to visit sites of historical and spiritual significance to the African American and European American experience, and to hear directly from people who lived the history we only read about.

nmaahcThe group has been looking at pilgrimages as another powerful way of living the CTTT Approach by uncovering history, promoting deep dialogue to build connections, advancing healing, and inspiring action for a just and equitable future.

While books, movies, and documentaries can inspire and impart information, sixteenth-st-baptist-churchstanding together in the footsteps of our ancestors as we uncover our shared history has a unique power to resonate deeply, open hearts and minds, help heal scars and trauma, and inspire courageous action. Visiting towns and cities significant to our shared history of enslavement and the human/civil rights movements, will help all of us uncover what we do not yet know, or only partially grasp, to make room for more courageous action and create deeper connections to each other.

An initial Community Conference Call to discuss the possibilities was held November 19, 2016. Click below on the arrow to the left to listen to a recording of this informative and enthusiastic call…

Two Initial Potential Pilgrimage Journeys

The first description below is for the journey being planned for October 2017. Planners are working with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond to lead the tour; a service they regularly provide.

Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee:

This journey will begin and conclude in Birmingham, Alabama. Below is a map of the tentative route. Click Here to learn more AND to register!

Washington DC, Virginia and North Carolina:

Another idea is to plan a journey to include sites in Washington, DC, like the new National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Martin Luther King and Lincoln Memorials, then on to additional significant sites in Virginia and North Carolina. Current thinking is that such a trip would take place just before or after the National Gathering in 2018 so people could choose to participate in both while traveling to Virginia just once (current thinking is this trip would also take place as a “dress rehearsal” around July 2017).  Click Here to view a draft itinerary. Below is a map of the potential route.

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