Coming to the Table is proud to be a partner in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Enterprise. CTTT joins more than 130 corporate, nonprofit, civil rights and civic organizations in this national process aimed at addressing centuries of racial inequities in the United States. In the words of Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Senior Advisor and Vice President for TRHT, “It is time to focus our energy, resources and discourse on uprooting and eliminating the false idealogy of a hierarchy of human value to grow what we value most: our common humanity.”
Throughout 2016, five Design Teams worked together to create recommendations around the TRHT framework of 1) Narrative Change, 2) Racial Healing and Relationship Building, 3) Separation, 4) Law, and 5) Economy (Note: CTTT was represented on the Racial Healing and Relationship Building Design Team). The Design Team Recommendations summarize the collective work, thoughts, ideas, and hopes expressed by representatives of 133 organizations and thought leaders.
You can read (and download) the five Design Team recommendations HERE.
In December 2016, The Kellogg Foundation hosted the TRHT Summit, which brought together more than 570 people from across the United States (Native American, African American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Asian American Pacific Islander, Latino, Arab American, and European American); people from the nonprofit (including Coming to the Table), grassroots, education (including the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University) and academia, business, faith, music and arts, entertainment, journalism, government, justice, youth-serving and philanthropy sectors, including national racial justice organizations, to fully engage for four full days in racial healing, sharing the incredible results of the national design team process and planning a way forward.
You can read (and download) the complete TRHT Implementation Guidebook HERE.
One outcome of the Summit was a call for action for a National Day of Racial Healing on January 17, 2017. This event will kick off a year-long effort to bring healing to the United States, to build bridges and ensure a more perfect union and oneness within our country. January 17 is after the Martin Luther King Holiday celebration and before the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. TRHT Summit participants brainstormed an expansive list of potential activities for the day (HERE). Overall, communities, organizations and individuals are being asked to 1) proclaim a new narrative that refutes the ideology of a hierarchy of human value and replaces it with the scientifically proven assertion that we are all descendants of one human ancestry endowed by our creator with the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; 2) acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed and 3) commit to engaging representatives from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another and the perceived other.
Dr. Christopher was the Keynote Speaker for the 10th Anniversary National Gathering for CTTT in June 2016. Watch her powerful presentation here:
Background of CTTT Involvement in TRHT Enterprise
The CTTT Board of Managers unanimously endorsed the TRHT partnership and view the CTTT Approach, with its foundation in Restorative Justice and Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR), as an ideal model for this critically important work in communities across the United States. Existing and future CTTT Local Affiliate Groups, utilizing the CTTT Approach, Circle Process, and Touchstones, have the opportunity to provide ideal spaces and opportunities for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation to take place.
In keeping with the CTTT Mission to provide “leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery,” the Board views the TRHT Enterprise as a powerful opportunity toward realizing the CTTT Vision for the United States, “of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.”
- Read the January 28, 2016 TRHT Launch Press Release
- Read the TRHT Booklet: Designed to be a source of insight as we work together to establish a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Commission. Our intention in this work is to build on the lessons of previous efforts to give the United States of America an opportunity to examine, both publicly and privately, the way our nation has been shaped by the eighteenth century fallacy/belief in a hierarchy of human value.
Coming to the Table is committed to participating fully and enthusiastically with our partners in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Enterprise.