Martha Rollins (relative of R.E. Lee) and Danita Rountree Green (proud child of the Civil Rights Movement) share the story of their friendship from meeting (2009) as it developed over 10 years from casual to connected to committed. At the root is their willingness to have honest, courageous and clumsy conversations-- the hallmark of CTTT.
In 2013 Martha and Danita went to the MLK Anniversary March in DC. In 2014 they partnered to begin "Listening Luncheons" in their homes as a vehicle or intentionally connecting people across artifical and systemic racial divisions in Richmond. Encouraged by Art Carter (Eastern Shore CTTT) Phoebe Kilby, and Tom DeWolf (National CTTT) they attended the national CTTT gathering at EMU, returned home and held their first CTTT- RVA gatherings.
In 2016 Danita and Martha were joined by Darren Utley and Joshua Stepney to create a Co-Conveners team that met weekly for very honest/courageous conversations about direction of CTTT- RVA. What should our gatherings look like? Where do we meet? When? How do we invite people? How do we deal with doing infinite and important work in a finite time frame? How do we model CTTT values and live into the CTTT vision of taking America beyond the legacy of enslavement?
This Fabulous Five plus Barbara Brown morphed in early 2017 into our beginning Leaders Circle. Cheryl Goode and Rev. Darren Utley initiated the second CTTT- RVA dinner gathering at St. John's UCCC. Marsha Summers accepted the challenge of organizing a Food Team for the 3rd Tuesday gathering at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church. Barbara Brown developed the Movie Circle. Cheryl and Marsha also led the Book Circle. Hayat Bain initiated the Healing Circle and began co-convening the 3rd Tuesday gathering with Danita Rountree Green.