" . . . 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-convener 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.
CTTT-RVA is in its fifth year as the largest chapter in the nation, with as many as eighty people meeting monthly for dinner or a small group event. We have three monthly dinner gatherings as well as a movie group, book group and an events calendar all focused on dismantling racism in our city. We invite you to join us at the table or simply get on our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter. For more info, visit our national website www.comingtothetable.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/559660010863340/
Danita has crafted a method to help others build relationships across racial, gender and generational lines. She 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 training? Invite the Storyteller On A Mission to your next event!
For more on CTTT-RVA
Check out the Al Jazeera News Network documentary A Moral Debt: The Legacy of Slavery in the U.S. that features CTTT-RVA and the National Gathering. A worldwide event premiering in the U.S. October 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrUz8nnin
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our $250,000 challenge gift and repair what is broken in RVA. Your generous donation will fund our mission of racial equity and healing the wounds of enslavement.
“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 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 email@example.com.