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Recommended Reading for Further Study after LBRH

The Little Book of Racial Healing is a little book about a very BIG topic. To encourage further research and understanding, and to enhance your effectiveness in this important work, we offer several resources, with chapter by chapter relevance, to get you started.

More Stories from The Little Book of Racial Healing

All the stories used to illustrate the principles in The LBRH were written by CTTT members. More stories were submitted than could be used, due to strict space restrictions. The editor noted how difficult the choices were; how beautiful all the stories are. You can read them here.

The LBRH Writing Team

The Little Book of Racial Healing, like the CTTT Approach shared within its pages, was a team effort. Here is an introduction to everyone who helped create the book.

Gathering the Community at Monticello

Attending a meeting of the Monticello Association in the 1950’s, it occurred to me that Thomas Jefferson’s descendants must include many African Americans.

Slaves in the Attic

My intent for the Slave Dwelling Project was to save places overlooked by American history. Spending a night in a former slave dwelling is worth noting.

The Healing Possibility

Joy Degruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, describes how African American people are still traumatized by the effects of slavery.

The Healing Power of Storytelling

The baby who cries, telling the story of his hunger, the teen who rebels, telling the story of discontent, the stories of our lives reveal everything.

How to Forgive

I was young when the Watts Riots broke out in 1965. I remember frightening violence on the screen of our black and white Magnavox TV set.

Ashé!

I attended the Coming to the Table National Gathering. Most of us had connections to slavery – descendants of slaves and slave owners.

Bridging the Gap

I am white, and this was a black family reunion. No, I was not marrying into the family. These were my cousins. My ancestor owned their ancestors.

Unexpected Cousins

When Sheila Reed Findlay traced her family tree, she didn’t expect to learn that she was a biological match to a Virginia family that was white.

A View from the Open Window

The window of opportunity has been often looked through by those with pale skin and European heritage; views from the outside by those with darker skin.

The Collision of Black and White

On my grandparents’ wedding day, miscegenation was illegal in 38 states. Its prohibition was most notably exemplified by the “Racial Integrity Act.”

Hidden History

In the North, we have inherited a powerful historical amnesia when it comes to the memory of slavery. We still worship the stories of the Sons of Liberty.

Fundraising Working Group

The Fundraising Working Group plans and implements efforts to raise cash and other resources for the support of Coming To The Table’s work.

Linked Descendants Working Group

Linked descendants want to know the truth about their ancestors, discover their connections, maybe even heal a bit of the wounded past.

Mindfulness Working Group

Our intention is to create a community practicing mindfulness together and providing encouragement to deepen love, compassion, and wisdom in our racially-wounded country.

Reparations Working Group

Coming To The Table believes that reparations can offer a way to breach our nation’s enormous racial divide by fully acknowledging and atoning for the harms of slavery and its aftermath.

Writers Working Group

The Writers Group focuses primarily on informing group members when opportunities arise to submit stories about ending racism for blogs and books.

Raising the Dead: Coming to the Table

“Like Rosa Parks, I’m unwilling to give up my seat on the bus of history, and like Lucia King, committed to confronting history and finding a way to heal.”

Textbooks were ‘racist to the core’

Most public school students in South Carolina in the 20th century were taught from books written by the daughter of a slave owner and Confederate soldier.

Juneteenth 2014

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when many enslaved people discovered they were free. Interview with descendants from enslaved people and enslavers.

Gather at the Table on C-Span

C-SPAN’s “2014 Cities Tour” visited Bend, Oregon to feature the community’s literary life, including an interview with author and CTTT E. D. Tom DeWolf.

My Family Tree in Black and White

The descendant of a master-slave union faces an unexpected challenge: how to relate to the people whose ancestors once owned hers.

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.

When kin of slaves and owner meet

Descendants of people who were enslaved and those who were enslavers work for truth, justice, healing and transformation using Coming to the Table Approach

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