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Thank you for being an ardent supporter. Coming Together Virginia (formerly Coming To The Table-RVA) has the vision of a racially healed world with thriving, equitable and just communities. In 2022, over 1200 Virginians have been impacted by our work of racial healing and community building in Virginia. With your help, many courageous community-led conversations and facilitator training have taken place, seeding new opportunities for personal, professional and community transformation. We also grew in allyship, connecting faith-based organizations, nonprofit and corporate partners with neighborhood needs. Our new name and expanded vision has opened doors to so many new opportunities for 2023. Stay tuned! There’s more to come!
This year, I traveled coast to coast sharing the good news happening in Richmond and across the Commonwealth. In Seattle, I shared stories of how our “frontline facilitators” hold the space every month for courageous conversations allowing personal transformation to occur and new ideas to grow. In Baltimore, I told an audience of 400 about The Unity Walk where we brought Richmonders together, where confederate monuments once stood, to learn about community advocacy across racial, generational and economic lines. And in Mexico, I locked arms with activists from all over the country, amazed and encouraged to hear about the work of racial healing happening in the Old Dominion.
Frankly, some folks can’t believe black and white people are coming together to address the legacies of enslavement, but it is happening, thanks to people like YOU! - drg
Would you be willing to make a special year-end contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000 or more to train more facilitators? CT-VA facilitators typically live in the communities in which they serve. This valuable training not only gives the community a voice but also arms a resident with a wage-earning skill for a lifetime. With your support, we can impact our communities in a lasting way.
" . . . One day the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood" - MLK, Jr
As Co-Founder and CEO of Coming Together Virginia (formerly CTTT-RVA), Danita leads the “courageous, clumsy and often uncomfortable” conversation on race- facilitating constructive dialogue, implementing circle process, restorative language and peace-building principles. Inspired by the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his “I Have a Dream” speech , CTTT-RVA explores the challenges of reaching across racial, political and societal lines literally at the dinner table - breaking down barriers and building bridges. Coming To The Table- RVA is the local chapter of a national organization founded 2008 on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University.
Coming Together Virginia creates a safe and welcoming space for people to engage in the conversation on race and provides tips on how to engage in these conversations at home and in the workplace. Our table has four legs - (1) Uncovering History, (2) Making Connections, (3) Working Toward Healing and (4) Taking Action - each provide stability in our mission of racial healing. We are dedicated to promoting racial equality, social justice, and teaching others how to do the same.
CT-VA has crafted a method to help others build relationships across racial, gender and generational lines. We can help your community or organization grow, forging collaborative and diverse partnerships for success, impacting the future in profound and important ways.
Need a program for youth leadership? Group or employee diversity training? The Storyteller On A Mission provides training and facilitation.
Also, I invite you to join us at the table, get on our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter or DONATE to CT-VA!
At the heart of all the dialogue, dinners, virtual meetings, pilgrimages, tours and presentations, we come to the table for one thing: to heal ourselves and to be a healing presence in the pursuit of social justice. Our conversations on race discrimination, racial inequity, racism in schools . . . . .
“I want you to open your hearts and minds to the notion that maybe reparations is not just a good thing for black people,” Green said.“It’s a good thing for all people. If we can go back and reset our moral compass and see each other in the eyes of each other, we would have a totally different nation that would actually live up to the words that our founding fathers wrote but never truly understood.”
Read the RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH 5/17/19 article https://www.richmond.com/news/local/michael-paul-williams/williams-our-nation-s-foundation-is-rooted-in-racism-we/article_cb3d6d2f-ed4c-5e73-9a7d-ad63ac9a1154.html?fbclid=IwAR2uuGnUYnTm-Wmxpl2L6hDog8Thy5Ig04K-BBO8V-FPGXuYCAN2FKoDmEQ
"Danita Green, an African American author and activist from Richmond, likes to tell people she was born in a country where she didn’t have all her civil rights. They’ll reply: What country was that?
The answer is the United States of America. ”
Coming Together Virginia National Day of Racial Healing
Virginia Museum of History and Culture
Jan 21, 2020
Historian Dr Ed Ayers, theologian Dr Brian Blount and special guest Dr David Ragland, Founder and Co-director for the Truth Telling Project of Ferguson and the National Reparations Network for a panel discussion moderated by Dr Corey Walker on racial healing at its root.
On Historical Trauma and Reparations
“The first step is to acknowledge what the trauma is, and, yes, this is trauma. The next step is not to expect forgiveness from anyone, but to go back and repair the damage. We always think of reparations as being only about money. But it’s about evening the playing field. It’s about . . .Repairing what is broken.”.
Our National Day of Racial Healing Observance on January 22, 2019 featured a public screening and discussion of this newly released Al Jazeera News Network documentary hosted by
Coming Together Virginia /Coming To The Table - RVA
and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
If you would like to host a screening and panel discussion of the film in your city, contact us at https://comingtogethervirginia.org/contact/