So it’s Giving Tuesday, the kickoff of the charitable giving season, and I know, I know – there are lots of worthy causes out there. But there’s one in particular that’s close to my heart and deserves a look as you’re considering your end-of-year gifts.
Coming to the Table is a Virginia-based nonprofit organization that seeks to transform the United States into a society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of slavery and its continuing legacy. Toward that end, it brings together descendants of enslavers and the enslaved for deep, impactful conversations. Its name comes from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous exhortation, spoken from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963: “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
Local chapters of the group are springing up all over the country as more and more Americans across the color line recognize the urgency of addressing the festering wound of racism. Perhaps there’s one near you. If not, consider starting one. And if you can spare a few bucks, send a donation to help this brave band of folks continue their important work.