Jesse Johnson is a resident of Fredericksburg since 2011, having moved to Virginia from Broomfield, CO. Jesse is a regular volunteer at CTTT-RVA gatherings. He has been trained in the CTTT facilitation method and frequently facilitates at the CTTT-RVA “3rd Tuesday” meeting and other community gatherings. Jesse was inspired to attend a CTTT-RVA after watching the documentary film “Traces of the Trade”. It was the intimacy of the discussion format (6 to 8 people at a table) at the “3rd Tuesday Meeting” that compelled Jesse to continue participating. The small group conversations at these meetings enables and encourages participants to be vulnerable. Jesse strongly believes this format enables people to “see” each other and to be “seen” by others. This is an important component in breaking down barriers between people and building and deepening connections across racial lines. This is why Jesse continues to participate in CTTT-RVA. Jesse is working to help heal some of the residue of Ancestral Grief that is a legacy of the enslavement of Africans in America.