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
Make a monthly contribution of $10, $20, $50 or $100. Your gift supports our monthly gatherings where we break bread, learn truth, building relationships and heal wounds . With your support, we can impact our communities in a lasting way.
We discovered together is better. We are truly Coming Together Va. As we announced our new name at VMHC, we remembered who and what got us there - the dinners, our Faith In Action series, board of directors, facilitators and friends that came to our table. They gave us wings to fly and room to grow. Thank you!
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
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.
"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. ”
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 (formerly 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/