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(RVA) : CTTT - RVA Event
(NAT): CTTT - National Event
(PRT) : Partner Event
Saturday, December 14th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  Initiatives of Change Intersecting History: Inaugural Museum Crawl - Bus tour of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Virginia Museum of History & Culture, The American Civil War Museum, The Valentine, and The Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU . (PRT)
Sunday, December 15th 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm T hree contributors to the CTTT anthology  Slavery's Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race & Reconciliation Chop Suey Books' annual holiday Brew-Ho-Ho at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery 2408 - 2410 Ownby Ln Richmond, VA 23220- S top by to chat with CTTT contributors Karen Ross, Bill Sizemore, and Anne Westrick and get your book(s) signed. Proceeds from sales of  Slavery's Descendants  support CTTT-national.    (RVA)
Wednesday, January 8th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  2nd Wednesdays The Joyful Feast collaboration at RVA Light 504 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 - This month we will share a simple supper (provided) and facilitated conversation about "Undemocratic Democracy" by Jamelle Bouie from the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project. (RVA)
Thursday, January 9th 6:00pm - 7:00pm Banner Lecture Series Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia by Brent Tarter at VMHC 428 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220 (PRT)
Monday, January 13th 6:00 pm - 8:15pm SPECIAL MOVIE FEATURE Just Mercy at Bow Tie Cinemas 1301 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230 - Coming to the Table - RVA Movie Circle will host an evening showing open to the community of the new movie Just Mercy (RVA)
Thursday, January 18th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Koinonia: Day Seminar Tracing Enslaved Ancestors at Richmond Hill 2209 East Grace Street Richmond, VA 23223 (PRT)
Tuesday, January 21st 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SAVE THE DATE National Day of Racial Healing at VMHC 428 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220 - The National Day of Racial Healing Observance featuring author and historian Dr Ed Ayers and Dr David Ragland, founder of the National Reparations Network.  (NAT)
Thursday, January 23rd 6:00 pm - 8: 30 pm Coming to the Table - RVA Book Circle will host a facilitated conversation about Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing b y Joy DeGruy at a member's house (RVA)
 May 13th - June 5th SAVE THE DATE Summer Peacebuilding Institute at EMU 1200 Park Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 428 - SPI offers a w ide variety of trainings to enhance your knowledge and practical skills and help you achieve your personal, community, and professional goals as applied to justice, peace, and social change. (PRT)
Race was intentionally constructed. Come join us and together let's deconstruct it even more intentionally!

"The unveiling of Richmond’s new progressive face at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was never going to come off without a hitch, even if that cover had cooperated in parting company with its monument.

You don’t sweep away 400 years of grimy history with the tug of a string. In Virginia, the birthplace of Massive Resistance, the past concedes nothing to the present or future without putting up a fight."
Let's Go See Just Mercy
On Monday January 13th, come join us for a 6:00 p.m. showing of Just Mercy at the Bowtie Cinema. Afterwards, join your fellow movie goers for a few bites and a drink as we continue the discussion of racism and justice at Kitchen 64. 

Facilitator Spotlight  - Hayat Bain
Hayat Bain has been on fire about Coming To The Table since the Fall of 2016. After the first CTTT dinner gathering she attended, she volunteered to facilitate conversations from the next meeting onward. To learn more about Hayat and our facilitators at...
Interested in becoming a facilitator?
Our facilitators are the face of the Richmond chapter. Each month, they provide hospitality, structure and new knowledge while creating a safe space for life-changing dialogue at the table.   Sign-up for our upcoming retreat slated for January 31-February 1, 2020 at Richmond Hill. Click to email and s ign-up for our upcoming retreat
CTTT-RVA invites you to Share Your Story
Please help us and others by sharing your experience as a Coming To The Table-RVA participant. Sharing your experience will help others learn more about history, build new relationships, heal from the past and dare to take action for change. In 200 words of less, please tell us: (1) how you heard about CTTT (2) what gathering/event did you attend (2) how you currently participate (3) what you have learned/gained (4) how CTTT-RVA has impacted or influenced you to take action. (5) Why would you recommend CTTT-RVA to a friend.  Your story could be featured in an upcoming newsletter or on our website. Click to email and send your submissions
Volunteering with our CTTT-RVA is a wonderful opportunity to get involved and connect with others. The work you contribute is always valued as we pursue our mission of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past.
Featured Video And Articles
Check out the featured video and articles below to help further the conversation on racism and its impact.
CTTT-RVA November Fundraiser at The Warsaw
On Nov.13, CTTT-RVA threw a first-ever "Friend-Making Party" specifically to introduce our work on building relationships, truth-telling in history, healing and action to a wider group of neighbors. 60 or so entered a beautifully decorated donated social space, made warm by welcoming CTTT-RVA smiles, a blazing fire, and African American recipes lovingly prepared and served by Barbara, Doug, Lorna, Karen, Midge, and Marsha, Adrianne and Hayat. Guests enjoyed not only good food, but also a few minutes of our history, as only Martha and Danita can tell it! Tina’s lovely new posters explaining the four “legs” of our Table and gave opportunity for greater understanding of our mission and process. The lively conversation in the room, and evident reluctance to leave the warm company, was a sneak preview of our CTTT Vision and an example of our Mission in practice. Extra plus of the event: a good start on matching our challenge grant! Overall, it was a great success and a prelude to bigger things to come!
A trail of white petals lined East Marshall Street on Monday as drums and bells welcomed home the remains of 53 people, mainly of African descent, whose first resting place had been a 19th-century well on what is now the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University . - READ MORE
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”

- Malcolm X