Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade

Gather at the Table The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade Two people a black woman and a white man confront the legacy of slavery and racism head on We embarked on this journey because we believe America must overcome the racial barriers that divide us the

  • Title: Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
  • Author: Thomas Norman DeWolf Sharon Morgan
  • ISBN: 9780807014424
  • Page: 236
  • Format: ebook
  • Two people a black woman and a white man confront the legacy of slavery and racism head on We embarked on this journey because we believe America must overcome the racial barriers that divide us, the barriers that drive us to strike out at one another out of ignorance and fear To do nothing is unacceptable Sharon Leslie Morgan, a black woman from Chicago s South SideTwo people a black woman and a white man confront the legacy of slavery and racism head on We embarked on this journey because we believe America must overcome the racial barriers that divide us, the barriers that drive us to strike out at one another out of ignorance and fear To do nothing is unacceptable Sharon Leslie Morgan, a black woman from Chicago s South Side avoids white people they scare her Despite her trepidation, Morgan, a descendent of slaves on both sides of her family, began a journey toward racial reconciliation with Thomas Norman DeWolf, a white man from rural Oregon who descends from the largest slave trading dynasty in US history Over a three year period, the pair traveled thousands of miles, both overseas and through twenty seven states, visiting ancestral towns, courthouses, cemeteries, plantations, antebellum mansions, and historic sites They spent time with one another s families and friends and engaged in deep conversations about how the lingering trauma of slavery shaped their lives.Gather at the Table is the chronicle of DeWolf and Morgan s journey Arduous and at times uncomfortable, it lays bare the unhealed wounds of slavery As DeWolf and Morgan demonstrate, before we can overcome racism we must first acknowledge and understand the damage inherited from the past which invariably involves confronting painful truths The result is a revelatory testament to the possibilities that open up when people commit to truth, justice, and reconciliation DeWolf and Morgan offer readers an inspiring vision and a powerful model for healing individuals and communities.

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    1. I seldom comment on the books that I read, usually keeping it to a star rating, as writing is not my forte. But this book was special. Similar in content to Tim Wise's last few books, this one comes with the added bonus of reading two different (sometimes VERY different) views on just about everything they experienced. From visiting each others homes, old neighborhoods, extended families, etc to traveling to some of the historic places of the past, you are able to read Tom's words and then Sharo [...]

    2. What do a religious, naive white man from the West Coast and an agnostic, bitter biracial black woman from Chicago have in common? Besides their sense of humor, both had families deeply involved in American slavery. Tom's ancestors were one of the biggest slave trading families while Sharon's ancestors were slaves, then sharecroppers, and now semi-confined to urban ghettos. Despite these divisive issues, Sharon & Tom chose to spend more than a year working together, spending time in each oth [...]

    3. I respect and admire this journey that DeWolf and Morgan have undertaken: to come from two opposing positions in the racial divide, and "gather at the table" in an attempt to reconcile the differences that do divide them. On a literary level, however, the book is quite uneven, and lacks the power and impact it could have had if the narrative had been stronger. At times, they seemed to be two squabbling adolescents, petulantly pursuing their own agendas. As much as this aspect lends truth to the [...]

    4. The writing of this book has been another life-altering experience for me, and for my co-author Sharon Leslie Morgan. It is exciting to see it on - the first place I encountered Gather at the Table online. Publication date was October 9. Since then, we've been on the road speaking with people at colleges, high schools, churches, museums, and other venues across the United States. We appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. Gather at the Table made the "Movers & Shakers" list on , [...]

    5. My thoughts:• At first I was leery of reading this book because of the complexity of the issues/barriers on the effects of the legacy of slavery but was still curious on what was encountered on the journey between DeWolf and Morgan and even more curious on what each of their thoughts would be at the end of the journey.• I believe that honest communication between both sides of an issue is a necessary element for any complex issues, especially a deeply emotional issue where rooted/biased assu [...]

    6. Highly recommend this book! Unique true journey of a white man whose ancestors were among the largest slaveowners and a black woman whose ancestors were slaves.Their three year travel journey across America is raw, transparent and poignant. It also gives each of us ideas about having open dialogue about race.

    7. I won't say I agree with everything they said but I do absolutely agree with their idea that to truly go on from something tragic those affected by it need to talk about it and feel the emotions and then they can move through them. I find it ironic that the woman is a black NRA gun toting liberal, it was nice to see acknowledgement that Planned Parenthood is founded on genocide of black people. The authors are a bit myopic in that they think only black people have suffered in this country or tha [...]

    8. Gather at the Table is a book about the Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade. Tomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan are the authors. Sharon is a first cousin of Renee Dixon who was a long-time member of the Pasadena Community, now living in Arcadia, CA. Sharon Leslie Morgan, a black woman from Chicago's South Side, avoids white people; they scare her. Despite her trepidation, Morgan, a descendant of slaves on both sides of her family, began a journey towar [...]

    9. The first thing about this book that pops into my head is wow; this should be more widely read. This is basically a journalling of thoughts and feelings of two people searching for ways to address racism in the US with a sprinkling of little known history mixed in to help us all learn where we as a country have been. It ends up being much more affecting than I expected. Full disclosure, my point of view is that of a middle aged, middle class, African-American woman. I was deeply moved by Sharon [...]

    10. I bought this book after hearing a lecture the authors Tom and Sharon gave in Pasadena. I finished it tonight after going to the Museum of Tolerance in L.A. Needless to say I am more than a little angry and disillusioned with American society. I am also taking a cultural diversity class (the reason I attended the lecture in the first place) for my graduate program at APU. I liked to think that I was pretty aware of racial disparity despite growing up in a tiny town in Nor Cal whose population wa [...]

    11. This book--better than any reality show could be, because it's so real--begs to be read. A black woman and a white man, who both, yes, were youths during the Civil Rights movement, and who desire peace (i.e. racial justice, awareness of racism and non-violence in families) but are kind of cynical about it happening, let peace begin with them. They travel together, introducing the other to their families and where they grew up, and they visit cemeteries and do genealogical research. The coldness [...]

    12. This is a book that provides a list of other books you want to read. I enjoyed the transparency offered by each author. What a difficult part of oneself and the world around us to expose to the world. I am inspired to think of how I might do more of the same. This topic seems to me to be one that is bottomless. Whether looking inward or outward to understand fully the places in us that allow racism, cruelty, bias and oppression doesn't seem possible. It appears that it will always be a journey. [...]

    13. Gather at the Table has resonated so well with me that I find it to be a perfect supplement to the racial equity work we are doing in my district. I have passed the book on to my supervisor who will hopefully approve the purchase of this book for everyone in our department to read. Sharon and Tom, I admire your courageous journey and hope it will inspire others to find their own journey partners. Thank you for writing this book.

    14. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. The two author's confront, head-on, the enduring legacy of slavery in the United States. We are trained not to talk about these issues outside of a classroom setting because "its in the past."

    15. The authors have attempted to walk in each other's shoes to see and if possible feel the different life and circumstances both have inherited as the result of the slave trade.

    16. This book chronicles the relationship between Sharon (a black woman) and Tom (a white man) and their travels together to various sites related to the history of slavery. They met while participating in the racial reconciliation organization Coming to the Table (CTT). The book is authored by both of them, and intersperses their thoughts and actions in each chapter during a one month journey primarily thru the South to cemeteries, museums, plantations and other place where their histories intertwi [...]

    17. This is a powerful book that improved my understanding of the need for black-white healing immensely. Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan pull no punches, and learning of times in the journey when one or the other was angry makes the book more believable.Her anger at the continuing indignities she suffers because she is black is all-too-understandable, and the idea that we white people understand racism occasionally while she and other people of color have to live with racism 24 x 7 carries a lot of we [...]

    18. This book was a GoodReads Giveaway book, and it was a remarkable read.Winner of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award.First off, it held an absolutely riveting concept: that of a black woman and a white man who take a journey together of tracing their roots, working together to try and reconcile their perspectives of the effect of slavery in America, and the racism that still exists so strongly though more hidden. They both point out how in so many ways, the trauma of slavery still strongly impac [...]

    19. This was a journey book, of sorts, with a wonderful amount of history and education woven in. It's a story told first person by a White man and a Black woman who decide to explore racial reconciliation by attempting it at a deep personal level -- traveling together, meeting each other's friends and families, and learning about the schools and communities where each grew up. They discover that they need to be open to the potential for non-harm from the other, that the ways we were taught and what [...]

    20. I cannot support this book enough. I am a white male and have only in the last several years sat at the table,of understanding. I witnessed the sit-ins, I was critical of the marches, I did not support the movement to dissolve racial divisiveness. I was a silent contributor to racism. As I opened my mind and created opportunities to listen to the perspectives of others, my life has changed. In this process I have met and come to know Tom and Sharon. Their book has taught me still more and has va [...]

    21. I won this book in the giveaway. Last night I watched a talk show and one of the guests was a black male. He said “In the early sixties, a black person wouldn't complain to a white person about the Jim Crow law. He could get lynched!” I thought to myself, “that's what Sharon is talking about.” Sharon's history is giving me new eyes. I never considered myself prejudiced and have always been interested in stories about the great tragedy of slavery. That's why I entered to win this book. I [...]

    22. Wondering how to start a conversation about race? With white people (yes, white people need to be more part of this conversation, a lot more part of this conversation)and with African Americans? This book gives you a start, an opener, simply reading the book and telling others about it, starts a conversationAn African American woman, descendant of enslaved, and a white man, descendant of one of the largest slave trading families (from the North) join together on a road trip to racial reconciliat [...]

    23. Interesting reflection on slavery by two authors whose family legacies are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Well documented and researched. Recommended for those needing a probing view of the subject. Otherwise, there are so many insightful perspectives on the subject that I would bypass and move towards more critically acclaimed literature.

    24. Powerful! Makes you do a lot of soul searching about your own feelings on the race issues. Also helped me to be a little less reactive to the anger that I've seen from the Black people I've encountered,it's helped me to understand where they've came from and what they've endured. We need more understanding,compassion and a mutual effort to come together and put this evil behind us.

    25. I appreciate DeWolf's willingness share his journey.Overall, this was a frustrating book to read. I found I had little patience for DeWolf's dawning consciousness about race, racism, or himself as a racialized person. And. Well. I felt discouraged and angry after reading the book. That's not DeWolf's fault. It's complicated. But I get why people would like the book.

    26. This is a powerful book. With every page, the evidence of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into bringing this project into fruition is evident. You cannot help but react to the pain and honesty with self evaluation. I recommend this book to all.

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