CTTT in the News

Below is a sampling of articles & interviews with, by, and about members of Coming to the Table:

August 12, 2015: “Confronting Slavery at Long Island’s Oldest Estates,” by Jennifer Schuessler. A story about Joseph McGill and the Slave Dwelling Project in the New York Times.

YesCover (Summer 2015)May 20, 2015: “His Ancestors Were Slave Traders and Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing from a Road Trip” is the lead article in the Summer Issue of Yes! Magazine; written by Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf. The article sets the context for the issue and its theme: Make It Right, focused on the possibilities for deep societal healing, reconciliation, and reparation. Highlighted are Coming to the Table and STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience).

May 15, 2015: “Student-led restorative justice in Fairfax County, VA.” The second in a series of five webinars co-sponsored by Coming to the Table and the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at EMU. Watch the CTTT introduction video here.

April 27, 2015: “Dear Ben Affleck, My Ancestors Were Slaveowners, Too,” by Thomas Norman DeWolf for Zocalo Public Square, also published by Huffington Post.

April 22, 2015: Coming to the Table is deeply committed to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. First effort through partnering with the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University is a series of free webinars. The first is “Restorative Justice in Education: Learning From Students.” Watch it here.

April 22, 2015: “Ben Affleck and PBS Failed at Helping Viewers Deal With the Past,” by Shannon LaNier for Time.com

February 20, 2015:CJP student and Coming to the Table Board Member] Fabrice Guerrier is one of 24 selected for prestigious fellowship, studying in D.C., Berlin and Paris” by Bonnie Price Lofton in EMU News.

February 9, 2015: “Setting the Table by Jeff Say in the Star Component, Culpeper, Virginia. Story of Betty Kilby and Phoebe Kilby Coming to the Table. Phoebe’s ancestors owned Betty’s ancestors during the 1800s, and the two women have been working on helping heal wounds connected to race since meeting in 2007.

EMU BG ClubFebruary 6, 2015:Local colleges partner to teach nonviolence at Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County” in EMU News. Story about CTTT-Valley Chapter member Jodie Geddes’ work in nonviolent conflict resolution with Boys & Girls Club teenagers in Virgina. (Image © EMU)

Fall 2014: “Coming to the Table” by Andi Cumbo-Floyd in Prism Magazine, page 4, under the section Whole: Healing a Fractured World.

September 2014: “Taking the Table to The Slave Dwelling Conference” in Savannah, Georgia, by Prinny Anderson.

June 19, 2014: Dionne Ford Kurtti and Elizabeth Sturges Llerena, members of the New York regional group of CTTT were interviewed on Arise News in connection with the commemoration of Juneteenth and the healing work of Coming to the Table.

10June 16, 2014: Coming to the Table National Gathering (held May 23-25, 2014) is featured in Mennonite World Review in “Descendants touched by slavery come to the table” by David Yoder.

May 21, 2014: Joseph McGill (founder and director of The Slave Dwelling Project) featured in The Washington Post story “Dwelling in the past, but not dwelling on it” by Julie Zauzmer.

April 5, 2014: Executive Director Tom DeWolf was interviewed about Coming to the Table and the healing journey he and Sharon Morgan embarked upon that became their book Gather at the Table for C-Span’s “Cities Tour” which aired on Book TV.

March 27, 2014, The Millions, “Filling the Silences: Race, Poetry, and the Digital-Media Megaphone” by Michael Bourne. The “coming to the table” story of Gayle Jessup White and Tess Taylor, both descendants of Thomas Jefferson. Also listen to “Finding Family Through a Dark Legacy of Slavery“, an interview with Gayle and Tess from April 10, 2014 on NPR’s The Takeaway.

November 9, 2013, NBC News, Charlottesville, VA, “Conference Sheds Light on Slavery’s Legacy at Virginia’s Colleges.” Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby are interviewed while participating in the Race Histories Conference at the University of Virginia.

October 2013, More Magazine, “My Family Tree: In Black and White” by Dionne Ford, CTTT member. The descendant of a master-slave union faces an unexpected challenge: how to relate to the people whose ancestors once owned hers.

Fall 2013, Yes! Magazine, “The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama”  by Valerie Schloredt. Photographer & CTTT member Jane Feldman on earning the trust of beloved world leaders—and capturing their laughter.

Summer 2013, Yes! Magazine, “Slave and Slaveholder Descendants Break Free of History’s Trauma—Together” by Lisa Gale Garrigues. Responding to past traumas like slavery and acts of terrorism can heal us—and future generations.

October 21, 2012: MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry Show – Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf, CTTT members, discuss their book Gather at the Table about “living” the CTTT Approach together. Watch Part One here and Part Two here.

news_SlaveDwellingProjectApril 10, 2012: Greenwich Time, Greenwich, CT, “Experiencing a Touch of Slave Life at Bush-Holley House“– Joseph McGill, CTTT member, takes his Slave Dwelling Project to the Bush-Holley House in Greenwich, CT; joined by CTTT members Grant Hayter-Menzies, Dionne Ford and Dave Pettee. (Image © Slave Dwelling Project)

March 30, 2012: The Bulletin, Norwich, CT, “Descendants of Norwich slave, owner meet” – CTTT member Grant Hayter-Menzies meets with descendants of Guy Drock, a man enslaved by his family in Connecticut in the mid-1700s.

February 2012: The Rockbridge Weekly, Lexington, VA, “Documentary Film Shares Stories of Community and Life at Local African American School“– Coming to the Table supports the production of a documentary about a Virginia African American high school. CTTT member Cynthia Boteler manages the project.

news_AndersonFracherJune 21, 2010: The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA, “Free to Form a New Bond“– CTTT members Bernadine Anderson and Jeff Fracher, descendants of slave and slaveholder from a Louisiana plantation, built a friendship by sharing family stories.

May 20, 2010: CNN, “When Kin of Slaves and Owners Meet” – the “linked descendants” family story of CTTT members Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby