CTTT National Gathering in Oakland, California
Below please find the following:
- Info and links to register for the National Gathering
- Info and link to support others through the “Mom Shay” fund
- Info and link to request financial assistance to attend the NG
- Info and link to reserve your room at the Waterfront Hotel
- Info and link to submit a proposal to lead a Breakout Session at the NG
It’s been five long years since we’ve gathered together in person for a National Gathering. The Covid Pandemic led us to postpone the 2020 NG. Then, we gathered “virtually” in 2021. This year, with appropriate precautions in place, we’ll gather in person once again. In keeping with the popular intention to hold National Gatherings in different locations around the country, for the first time, we’ll gather on the West Coast, in Oakland, California, the home of RJOY and where, in 1966, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded The Black Panther Party. This is an exciting time of expansion and collaboration across the country for CTTT and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Table in person. We hope to see YOU in June!
This year’s theme is based on the OAK in Oakland: Strengthening Our Ancestral Kinship, and the kinship between the OAK in Oakland and the strong, ancestral tree in the CTTT Logo. Together, we’ll explore reparations, truth-telling, genealogy, and healing.
- All activities being planned, including all plenary and breakout sessions from Thursday evening through noon on Sunday, including presentations regarding Linked Descendants, Reparations, Genealogy, Mindfulness Practices, Writing, and more. The full schedule, including keynote speakers, is being finalized and will be shared soon.
- Breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday (4 meals total)
- A specially designed Swag Bag of CTTT-themed items you’ll definitely find useful.
- The always-popular “open mic” talent show on Saturday night.
- Most important, the opportunity to be in community with so many others at the Table, building relationships and partnerships for the work ahead.
- We encourage everyone to come early and/or stay after the NG concludes. There is so much to do and see in Oakland, including the brand new RJOY office, local Juneteenth celebrations, museums, and more.
- Here is a list of optional activities for you to consider before or after the National Gathering, including dining options for dinners during the NG.
- We also have an opportunity for a very special 3-Hour Black Oakland History & Culinary Tour on Thursday at 11:00am prior to the start of the NG. Click Here for info & to let us know of your interest by March 15.
We expect this event will fill to capacity, so encourage you to register soon.
The Early Bird rate of $350 is valid until April 15.
Please Note: as with past National Gatherings, we hope to be able to offer scholarships to reduce the registration fee for those who need financial assistance to attend:
- If you would like to help, please donate to the Mom Shay Scholarship Fund.
- If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please click here and fill out the contact form. Scholarships are only available for registration fees, not for hotel or transportation expenses.
Reserve your room at the Waterfront Hotel NOW!
The 2023 National Gathering will take place at the Waterfront Hotel, which is nestled in Oakland’s Jack London Square. We’ll enjoy the nautical décor, cozy fireplaces, and views of the water. Our location is also an ideal home base for exploring the Bay Area, including Berkeley and downtown San Francisco.
We have reserved a block of rooms at a special discounted rate. There are 20 rooms with King beds and 40 rooms with 2 Queen beds for those who would like to share a room with a friend and split the cost. You can reserve a room for checking in as early as June 12 and stay as long as June 21 to have more time in the Bay Area at the specially discounted rate. We expect these rooms to fill quickly, so we encourage you to reserve yours today.
Request for Proposals for Breakout Sessions
We are excited to invite you to share your stories, knowledge, and skills by leading a breakout session at the 2023 CTTT National Gathering. Breakout sessions are 75 minutes long. Proposed topics should be relevant to the CTTT Vision, Mission, Approach, and Values, and/or fit under the umbrella of the 2023 conference theme, Strengthening Our Ancestral Kinship. CLICK HERE for more info and to submit your proposal. Deadline to submit is March 31.
The format of the National Gathering remains similar to past years: keynote speakers each day, breakout sessions for deeper dives into important topics all day Saturday, mindfulness practices, breaks for socializing and self-care, several meals together, and some new opportunities to explore Oakland and the Bay Area, meet new people committed to racial healing and transformation, and so much more. We can’t wait to see you back at the TABLE. We’re excited to welcome you to Oakland. See you in June!
Your National Gathering Planning Team
- Venetia Bailey, Co-Chair (Montgomery County Local Group)
- Kelly Lyn, Co-Chair (Atlanta Local Group)
- Hayat Bain (Coming Together Richmond Local Group)
- Jane Carrigan (Annapolis Local Group)
- Cindy Carroll (San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area Local Group)
- Kim Cook (Wilmington Local Group)
- Frances Dinkelspiel (San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area Local Group)
- Sarah Fleming (San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area Local Group)
- Jennifer McDougall (San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area Local Group)
- Tom DeWolf (CTTT Co-Manager)
- Jodie Geddes (CTTT Co-Manager)