Below is a sampling of articles & interviews with, by, and about members of Coming to the Table:
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.
June 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.
April 5, 2014: Community Coordinator 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.
February 10, 2013, Here and Now, ABC TV, “Jefferson’s Children.” Sandra Bookman interviews Co-authors Shannon LaNier and Jane Feldman about their book, Thomas Jefferson’s white and black descendants (including Shannon), and the meaning of family. Jefferson’s descendants are among the founders of CTTT.
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.
April 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.
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.
June 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