Stories of Making Connections


Connecting with others is a major effort Coming to the Table supports. All the stories featured below are about people who have made personal connections with others as a means to deal with the way the legacy of slavery has impacted their lives.

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 Making Connections:

Local Coming to the Table Groups

Gather at the Table

Our National Gathering

Unexpected Cousins, by Dionne Ford

Bridging the Gap, by Susan Hutchison