Stories of Facing History


Understanding History properly requires that we learn from it. In discussing slavery and its legacies it is imperative that we know the history surrounding it so we are able to confront the the historical issues that still affect us today.

Stories are a major element of the Coming to the Table approach. Sharing stories helps us connect, identify common ground and learn about things that have been entirely outside of our experiences. Sharing stories related to slavery and its legacies helps us face the topic for all these reasons. Coming to the Table’s approach includes Facing History, Making Connections, Healing Wounds and Taking Action. The stories we feature address at least one of the four categories. Some may address more than one, but we have placed them under the heading most applicable. These are stories about how these stages are manifested in real people’s lives and how they are making a difference. If you would like to share your story with us, please contact us here.

We hope you are inspired by reading these Stories of Facing History:

Hidden History, by Rev. David Pettee

The Collision of Black and White, by Sharon Leslie Morgan

Getting to the Roots of My Family Tree, by Karen Branan

A View from the Open Window, by Sha Jackson