Danita Rountree Green, M.A., TLSC (R Satiafa) is an author, playwright and trauma healing facilitator, conducting workshops addressing various forms of community trauma and race related issues. A trained therapeutic art and restorative language specialist, Danita uses storytelling to unravel self-defeating narratives, helping people move through personal, generational and historical trauma. As co-convener of Coming To The Table - RVA Coming To The Table, a national organization committed to racial healing and social equity, she facilitates the couregeous yet clumsy conversation on race and the legacy of the American Slave Trade.
“Change the narrative, change a life.”
Appearing before audiences on five national tours, Danita has shared the stage with life coach Iyanla Vanzant, Levar Burton and Dr. Bernice King. Her work has been featured in Style, Slantress, Essence and Richmond Magazines as well as USA TODAY and The Wall Street Journal. In 2013, she served as a chairperson for the 8th Annual Arts in Society Conference held in Budapest, Hungary, presenting her research on race matters in marginalized communities and restorative language as a healing tool. In 2016, she was the featured presenter for the United States Dept. of Patents and Trade / ASALH Hallowed Ground Commemoration and WOMANKIND 2018. At home, she is the therapeutic artist in residence for Petersburg (VDH) and Richmond, providing a wide range of services related to trauma informed care and the co-founder of the Richmond, Virginia chapter of Coming To The Table
“Words are medicine.”
As an author, Danita (Satiafa) is best known for The Love Locked Down Series - a collection of work that addresses the effect of prison culture on American society, and AND THEN There's Hope, a multi-dimensional fine art program targeting Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) used by VDH, RCJC and VCU Health Systems. Her other titles include Broom Jumping: A Celebration of Love and Grandmother’s Gift of Memories (Broadway Books). Both address cultural assimilation and truth-telling in history.
Green is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is currently vice chair of the Richmond Public Library Board of Trustees. She believes language leads change and loves stories that tackle complex issues. Recently, she turned her book into a play. The Love Locked Down Theatre Project The LOVE Locked Down Theatre Project deals with racism and implicit bias while teaching restorative justice and peace building principles to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It is in production for a university tour, 2018-2019.
Grandmother's Gift of Memories: An African American Family Keepsake
"In 1998, My mother painstakingly filled out the autobiographical questions in this lovely book for my daughter, her first granddaughter. Now in 2007, my eight year old daughter asks me to read from the book as if my mother's life is an exciting historical novel. The book is a storehouse of family history and memories for future generations.
- Lathrup Village Rattler
Love Locked Down: A Novel About Women in Relationships with Incarcerated Men (R Satiafa)
"Great book! Couldn't put it down. So many twists and turns maintained the reader's interest and anticipation of the next chapter. Really enlightening portrait of the lives and mindset of the convict and those that love and support them opened my eyes and view of why love locked down is so prevalent!
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