Coming To The Table is a national 501c3 organization that seeks to promote racial healing in America, through open discussion of institutional racism and its effects across generations.
While the group seeks to bring together descendants of enslavers with descendants of the enslaved for these conversations, anyone who wishes to engage in the process of racial healing may attend meetings.
The Denver group is just starting up. Activities may include book-club style readings and discussions about topics such as white privilege and institutional racism, training sessions on how to discuss the issue of racism at home and at work, etc.
More about CTTT:
Vision Our vision for the United States is of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.
Mission Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.
Approach The CTTT approach to achieving our vision and mission is grounded in theories and practices of Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR), with a particular focus on Transforming Historical Harms and their trans-generational transmission, working toward racial justice and equity through a Restorative lens, and utilizing Circle Process and Touchstones to create space in which participants feel safe enough, and motivated, to do the work. Then, the CTTT Approach involves four interrelated practices:
Uncovering History: researching, acknowledging, and sharing personal, family, community, state, and national histories of race with openness and honesty
Making Connections: connecting to others within and across racial lines in order to develop and deepen relationships
Working Toward Healing: exploring how we can heal together through dialogue, reunion, ritual, meditation, prayer, ceremony, the arts, apology and other methods
Taking Action: actively seeking to dismantle systems of racial inequality, injustice, and oppression; to work for the transformation of our nation.
Inclusion. We welcome all who wish to join the Coming to the Table conversation and who join us in honoring and committing to these principles.
Respect and Tolerance. We respect the integrity and value of all people as they seek to understand and respond to their experience of the world and the history and impact of slavery, even if we might disagree with them. To this end, we listen respectfully to each other, practice non-judgmental listening, and refrain from personal attack.
Honesty, Truthfulness and Transparency. We strive to uncover truth and to speak it with openness and transparency.
Justice. We accept that there has been significant harm as a result of the legacies and aftermaths of slavery. We strive to identify those harms and to take responsibility for making things right.
Compassion, Mercy, and Forgiveness. Through compassion and love we strive to show mercy and to forgive ourselves, those who may have done us harm and those who have harmed others.
Love. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called his followers to love even those who would do them harm. This love transformed both victim and offender and created a powerful foundation for doing justice and building a beloved community. We strive to do likewise.
Peace and Nonviolence. We seek to transform conflict through non-violent, non-coercive means so as to achieve a peaceful community.
Reconciliation. We strive for racial reconciliation through a journey of seeking peace, justice, mercy and truth.