" . . . 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 Co- CEO of CTTT-RVA, Danita facilitates the “courageous, clumsy and often uncomfortable” conversation on race by creating a safe space for 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 To The Table- RVA specializes in creating a safe and welcoming space for all 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. CTTT-RVA is dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice, and teaching others how to do the same.
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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. ”
“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
CTTT-RVA National Day of Racial Healing Observance Jan 21, 2020 Virginia Museum of History and Culture
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 about money. But it’s about evening the playing field. It’s about . . .Repairing what is broken.”.
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.