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Gather at the Table for Racial Reconciliation at DuSable Museum in Chicago

Gather at the Table book tour stop at DuSable Museum in Chicago

PRLog - Oct. 23, 2012 - Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, the new book from Beacon Press, chronicles the shared journey toward racial reconciliation by authors Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan. Over a three-year period, the interracial pair traveled thousands of miles through 27 states and overseas, building an improbable relationship. Using genealogy as an undercurrent, they visited ancestral towns, court houses, sites of racial terror, cemeteries, plantations and antebellum mansions, seeking to come to terms with the history out of which racism evolved. The book is informed by the STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) and Coming to the Table models of healing, both developed out of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg. Their national tour promotes conversations about race, social justice, and healing from the generational trauma of slavery at colleges, universities and other venues.

DuSable Museum in Chicago will host Morgan and DeWolf on Saturday, November 3 from 1-3PM at 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637. The authors will share excerpts from their book, introduce a model of healing and engage the audience in conversation. The event is free to the public and media is invited to cover.

In Gather at the Table, DeWolf and Morgan speak candidly about racism and the unhealed wounds of slavery. “The legacy of slavery,” they write, “is a combination of historical, cultural, and structural trauma that continues to touch everyone in American society today... Racism is more subtle now that in the past, but it still exists. Healing will happen and change will occur, when people start listening to one another and looking truthfully at their ancestral experiences.”

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee hails Gather at the Table as “an honest exploration into the deep social wounds left by racism, violence and injustice.” John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding at Notre Dame calls it, “An extraordinary story of an honest, meaningful conversation across the racial divide.”

For more information about the book, a media kit and a complete list of scheduled appearances: http://www.gatheratthetable.net

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