CTTT in the News
Both authors have deep roots in Wilmington, but neither of them learned about 1898 in their youth; the truth wasn’t acknowledged publicly until the mid-1990s.
180 members of the Mines and Morris families gathered in Caroline County, VA at Glamorgan, the plantation home built by Ann Morris’ great-great grandfather in 1850.
Stacey Adger, descendant of enslaved people, writes of her newfound connection with Cheryl Hudson Passey, descendant of enslavers. They presented together recently at the Ohio Genealogical Society conference. Both are CTTT members.
Armed white supremacists terrorized Wilmington, North Carolina, in the fall of 1898. The repercussions are still felt today.
CTTT co-manager Tom DeWolf was interviewed by Dr. TLC for her weekly radio program on TalkRadio.NYC.
What are our responsibilities to repair broken social systems based upon centuries-old racial hierarchies, which determined who had access to community resources and whether people were valued or devalued?
Two women, one Black and the other White, connected through slavery, share intimate moments about how they were able to forge a remarkable friendship despite their family’s painful history
Amid a rise of laws forbidding discussions of racist histories, sharing our ancestors’ shameful wrongdoings is more urgent than ever.
Building a Bigger Table to commemorate the first Africans in Virginia.
Ginny Robertson talks with Cathy Roberts & Venetia Bailey, Co-Leaders of the Montgomery County, MD affiliate group of Coming to the Table.
Sitting around a table sharing food is an ancient ritual, one that’s at the heart of Coming to the Table (CTTT),
What do you do when your family tree contains so many Confederates and white supremacists, you can’t decide which one to write about first?
Betty Kilby-Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby, authors of Cousins, are interviewed for The 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Some American descendants of enslaved people and others whose ancestors profited are using online portals to collaborate and reckon with their shared family pasts.
An educational researcher plans to study trauma but instead explores her lived experiences.
Lucy McCauley was well into adulthood — married and raising her daughter — when she discovered her white ancestors had enslaved people.
Netflix “Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis” features long-time CTTT member Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin
The Netflix series “Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis” features long-time CTTT members Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby
Commemorating the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, NC
Heal Williamsburg/Heal the Nation Day
Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby have become a two-woman, racial-reconciliation juggernaut.
Descendants Of The Enslaved Sheltered From Hurricane Ida In A Historic Plantation’s Big House
Two women found each other through understanding and reaching out. “Hello Cousin!”
Family Businesses Confront Race, Racism and Inclusion
Brought Together: How two strangers found friendship and healing as they came to terms with the legacy of slavery
Brought Together through Coming to the Table to confront the legacy of slavery
‘This is just the first step’: Williamsburg City Council creates committee to understand racism, racial injustice historically and now
Creation of a first-ever Truth and Reconciliation Committee in the City of Williamsburg, VA
Betty Kilby-Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby, co-authors of Cousins, were interviewed on South Africa’s WOMan Radio
Private and religious groups are starting to pay reparations for slavery—but it’s nowhere near enough
Several Coming to the Table members were interviewed for this article on Reparations
Sharon Morgan talks about how people can research family history, and how to process when they find out disturbing information about their relatives.
Coming to the Table Wilmington, NC Local Affiliate leader Kim Cook interviewed about Critical Race Theory.
Tiffany Cross interview with Tom DeWolf and Debra Bruno on The Cross Connection on MSNBC
decades-long debates about whether to offer reparations to the descendants of slaves in the U.S. finally seemed to be gaining momentum
Making A Difference Mondays interviews Laura Hill about Coming to the Table in Virginia’s Historic Triangle
Highlighting the life and work of Fran Sutton-Williams, co-facilitator of CTTT Santa Monica.
US Congress is considering HR40: Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act
How do we resolve racial tensions? Start with reclaiming Black family history
The decision to sacrifice the most vulnerable people to create and sustain wealth for the colonists resulted in a legacy of racial injustices that makes a clear case for reparations today.
The Little Book of Racial Healing reviewed by Karen Heidenreich, for Friends Journal
A rally is being held Saturday in Colonial Williamsburg to foster conversations on racial equity and reparations.
New historical marker on Harrisonburg Virginia Court Square tells story of Charlotte Harris’ lynching
Steven Thomas of CTTT and the NE Neighborhood Association addresses those gathered at the unveiling ceremony for the Charlotte Harris historical marker on Court Square. Harris was an African American woman lynched in March 1878.
Jodie Geddes & Tom DeWolf interviewed about CTTT and The Little Book of Racial Healing for VTUnfinished
Two women, one descended from an enslaver, the other from the people he enslaved, travel together to the Deep South to learn their families’ pasts and reckon with their shared history.
Asheville activists Robert Thomas and Phoebe Kilby are interviewed about successful efforts in getting the Asheville Reparations Resolution passed in Asheville, North Carolina.
Gather at the Table authors Sharon Leslie Morgan and Thomas Norman DeWolf join Bill Myers to discuss their Healing Journey as a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.
Coming To The Table South Florida was formed in October with the idea of creating a space “to discuss issues that are impacting the races” in a respectful manner
I discovered that my ancestors had enslaved people. Would connecting with a descendant of those who were enslaved bring anyone healing?
Coming to the Table grieves the heartbreaking loss of George Floyd and all the countless people murdered by police in recent months and throughout the history of the United States.
Requests for training from Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute have skyrocketed since the death of George Floyd.
White Americans must take responsibility for the impact of discrimination handed down through generations against Black Americans.
As Americans call for change following the killing of George Floyd, three women share the history of slavery in their families and discuss its impact on society today.
Our country has been marred by the murder of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, coming on the heels of the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May. Their blood cries out for justice.
In light of protests and calls for change, I reached out to Chuck Cogliandro leader with the Kumandi Drum Circle and Coming To The Table to ask, what can we do?
The common denominator in all injury is pain. Like physical wounds, racial wounds cause pain, stress and sometimes shock and trauma.
If Gov. Northam is serious about racial reconciliation, let it begin at Jamestown, where the seeds of racism were first sown into Virginia’s fertile soil.
Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks about the legacy of slavery, but has never publicly shared the slave-owning story of some of his own family.
“Essential part of ending cycle of violence, despair in low-income communities” – Coming to the Table seeks to create communities of support.
Phoebe Kilby discovered her ancestors were slave-owners and she wanted to pay reparations. She found her linked descendant Betty Kilby.
CTTT-RVA, the local chapter of a national organization committed to racial healing and social equity, held a forum on reparations.
Her ancestors were slaves. His were slave traders. The unlikely pair drove 6,000 miles in 30 days by following a map based on family genealogy.
A growing racial justice movement focused on reparations and reconciliation involving people who have discovered enslavers in their family history.
NPR’s Michel Martin asks what reconciliation looks like. Her guests in clude genealogist, Our Black Ancestry founder, and CTTT member Sharon Leslie Morgan.
These are more than facts. They’re the myths that are a part of the story of yourself, whether you like them or not. There’s more to your story.
It’s no coincidence that activist Mary Dadone calls Coming to the Table meetings a “12-step program” for racial reconciliation.
Lotte Lieb Dula found a book of her grandmother’s with inventories of 100’s of slaves.“I want to skip the guilt and shame part, and do something.”
James Gannon and the film team made part of A Moral Debt with members of the CTTT Richmond local group and at the 2018 National Gathering.
Interview with Jackie Jordan Irvine, descendant of lynching victim, and long-time CTTT member Karen Branan, author of The Family Tree.
CTTT member David Campt interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting about The White Ally Toolkit during Morning Edition on NPR.
Fania Davis, activist and the founding director of RJOY, and Jodie Geddes, of CTTT, interviewed by the The International Center for Transitional Justice.
Meet Fabrice Guerrier and Jodie Geddes, the new President and Vice president of the CTTT Board of Managers; alumni of Center for Justice & Peacebuilding.
Fearful past images have returned since Donald Trump became president; images of Trump supporters, faces twisted in rage, attacking black protesters.
Karen Branan discusses her book The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth, on News One with Roland Martin.
“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.”
I learned through Coming to the Table that I was not alone in my genealogical quest for enslaving ancestors; how crucial facing history is to all of us.
“The end is reconciliation, the end is redemption, the end is the creation of the beloved community.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth,” by Karen Branan; published by Atria Books
Vaughn’s talk was offered through Coming to the Table, with a goal to promote honest conversations between descendants of “enslavers and the enslaved.”
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.
“We tend to save the iconic, architecturally significant buildings, but what about these [former slave dwellings]? They are part of the story, too.”
His Ancestors Were Slave Traders and Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing from a Roadtrip
A journey to test whether two people could come to grips with deep, traumatic, historic wounds and find healing. We had no idea where we would end up.
“Finding Our Roots,” PBS, Henry Louis Gates, and Ben Affleck withhold information about Affleck’s slave-owning ancestors.
The harm our slave-trading ancestors caused is not our fault. But repairing the present-day consequences of that harm is a responsibility we all share.
Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when many enslaved people discovered they were free. Interview with descendants from enslaved people and enslavers.
Eighty people attended the bi-annual National Gathering of Coming to the Table at Eastern Mennonite University, where CTTT was founded in 2006.
Joseph McGill has slept in slave dwellings from Connecticut to the Deep South, in urban centers and rural plantations, helping people identify with places.
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.
The descendant of a master-slave union faces an unexpected challenge: how to relate to the people whose ancestors once owned hers.
Gather at the Table Authors Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan interviewed about racial healing on MSNBC by Melissa Harris-Perry.
A program officer with the National Trust for Historic Properties, Joseph McGill raises awareness of importance to save and restore former slave dwellings.
White descendant of enslavers meets with descendants of people his ancestor enslaved. Connecting with the past to build a better future.
CTTT members Bernadine Anderson and Jeff Fracher, descendants of slave and slaveholder from a Louisiana plantation, built a friendship by sharing family stories.
Descendants of people who were enslaved and those who were enslavers work for truth, justice, healing and transformation using Coming to the Table Approach