“This rare jewel of practical wisdom shows us how to embody racial healing in truth and kinship.” —Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out
This book introduces purposeful theories, ideas, experiments, guidelines, and intentions, all dedicated to facilitating racial healing and transformation.
People of color, relative to white people, fall on the negative side of virtually all measurable social indicators. The “living wound” is seen in the significant disparities in average household wealth, unemployment and poverty rates, infant mortality rates, access to healthcare and life expectancy, education, housing, and treatment within, and by, the criminal justice system. Coming to the Table (CTTT) was born in 2006 when two dozen descendants from both sides of the system of enslavement gathered together at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), in collaboration with the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding (CJP). Stories were shared and friendships began.
The participants began to envision a more connected and truthful world that would address the unresolved and persistent effects of the historic institution of slavery. This book shares Coming to the Table’s vision for the United States—a vision of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past. Readers will learn practical skills for better listening; discover tips for building authentic, accountable relationships; and find specific and varied ideas for taking action. Topics discussed include:
Trauma Awareness and Resilience * Restorative Justice * Uncovering History * Making Connections * Circles, Touchstones, and Values * Working Toward Healing * Taking Action * Liberation and Transformation * Brown v. Board of Education * Lynching * Connecting with Your Own Story * What Healing Looks Like * Engaging Your Community * and more