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.
Coming to the Table grew out of the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) workshops developed at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The STAR program was formed in response to the events of September 11, 2001, and rapidly expanded to include people from around the world who had experienced personal and societal trauma of all kinds. Among the many groups that benefited from STAR training was a group of African Americans and European Americans whose familes were historically linked through slavery. This marked the beginning of Coming to the Table, founded in 2006.
Interpersonal work, face to face, is integral to the CTTT approach; thus Chapters of CTTT have formed in several localities, including the Washington, D.C. area. You can find more information on the web site.
Coming to the Table takes its name from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s August 1963 speech at the March on Washington. In his speech, Dr. King envisioned a time when “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners would be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
CTT approaches its work within the framework of Transforming Historical Harms. The CTTT guide to Transforming Historical Harms, one of a dozen guides and case studies available online, defines the concepts and actions that constitute this practice.
You may also be interested in Bittersweet: Linked through Slavery, a CTTT blog written by people who have a joint history in slavery.