For the past 40-plus years Dr. Bonnie Dowdy has worked as a consultant, educator, group facilitator, researcher, and program designer/evaluator. She has advocated for honest conversation about difficult social and cultural issues, for an increased awareness of the essential role of diversity in organizations and communities, and for the importance of evaluation in advancing program development and mission integrity.
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. Hayat is now co-convener of Richmond’s third Tuesday dinner and a member of CTTT’s Leaders and Facilitators Circles. In 2017, she initiated a 6-month CTTT Healing Circle. Hayat is currently supporting CTTT-RVA in the areas of communications, outreach, hospitality, event planning, and coordination. She is developing a Deepening Circle series to co-facilitate in the Fall of 2019.
In 2015, Martha Rollins invited me to the Table, and I have been there ever since. At the first meeting, I was struck by the stories of the women who admitted that every day they had to screw up their courage just to go to work and face the taunts and comments they inevitably heard in their predominately white workplaces. I had no idea that African Americans in Richmond were still dealing with such hostility and racism. I had to know if there was a way I could help. Coming To The Table can’t fix all the problems and the policies which have segregated America, but we can take small steps through CTTT-RVA that will help us and others acknowledge and heal the racial wounds of the past.
I have lived in Richmond, VA for the past 70 years . Was born in Farmville, Virginia VA, where schools were closed rather than integrate. Currently serves as the Movie Circle Coordinator , a Facilitator and a Member of the Leadership Team. I saw an article in a newspaper about a meeting of CTTT at a Church close to where I live and decided to attend my first meeting on December 16th, 2016. At my first meeting I was impressed with and was in accord with the mission of the organization and the four legs of the organization. As a member of CTTT for the past 3 years , I feel that I have developed some very lasting relationships and developed a sense of trust with persons of very diverse backgrounds. My motto at this age is "Learn today , like you are going to live forever". I continue to participate in CTTT activities, events and trips because in addition to learning, I am also able to experience a wider circle of family love from my new relationships.
I am Cheryl Goode and I am from Richmond, Virginia. My first Coming to the Table encounter was on the third Tuesday of December 2016. Trump had just been elected president, black men were continuously being murdered by police, there were daily debates over flags, statues, Klansmen, and also over who could truly be considered a racist. And in the mist of these dark days CTTT-RVA offers a safe place for all who are interested in acknowledging and healing from the harms of our racial past.
Tina Slaughter shared her IT and organizational skills with Coming To The Table-RVA helping us develop our website, our brand and our organizational communication. Additionally she took our newsletter to a better and more consistent format and trained a volunteer to edit and send out on a regular schedule. Additionally she began the set up of our donor data base, developed proceedures for maintaining our mailing list, assisted in development events including the Table of African- American Fusions held at the Warsaw.
I am Marsha Summers. I grew up in Southern California,but have lived in the Southeast for my whole adult life, with the last 18 years being in Richmond, VA. I have served as a food coordinator and table facilitator at our monthly meetings since November, 2016.