CTTT in the News
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.
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 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.
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.
I realized that if we are going to do something to nurture healing from the legacy of slavery, we will need to address modern wounds.
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.
Joy Degruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, describes how African American people are still traumatized by the effects of slavery.
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.
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.
I attended the Coming to the Table National Gathering. Most of us had connections to slavery – descendants of slaves and slave owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go home. Find out what happened, said the black ghost woman lying dead at the end of my bed one drizzly April evening in the ‘90s.
On my grandparents’ wedding day, miscegenation was illegal in 38 states. Its prohibition was most notably exemplified by the “Racial Integrity Act.”
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.
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.
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 want to know the truth about their ancestors, discover their connections, maybe even heal a bit of the wounded past.
Our intention is to create a community practicing mindfulness together and providing encouragement to deepen love, compassion, and wisdom in our racially-wounded country.
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.
The Writers Group focuses primarily on informing group members when opportunities arise to submit stories about ending racism for blogs and books.
“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