We are offering a variety of programs aimed at racial healing and promoting a world of equitable and just communities.

3rd Tuesday Dinners with Courageous Conversations

Our longest-running dinner gathering is designed for all — newcomers and deep divers alike — who are interested in engaging in the courageous yet clumsy and often uncomfortable conversation on racial healing. Meetings feature local speakers, a delicious meal prepared by a local black-owned eatery and facilitated dialogue on trending topics. Exploring a vast range of topics such as Critical Race Theory and Education, mass incarceration, historical trauma and community Inclusion and the Racial Wealth Gap, our trained facilitators set the pace for a reflective yet energized conversation with a diverse group of dinner companions. Join us for our Annual Black History Bowl, Family Reunion Gathering, Thriving Communities Series and much more.  


Co-Conveners: Danita Rountree Green, Hayat Bain and Bonnie Dowdy 

Location: 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Typically held at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 3601 Seminary Avenue or The Virginia Museum of History and Culture 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard

 

A suggested donation is always appreciated. All are welcome.  


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Movie Circle

Dim the lights and pass the popcorn! This circle is for moviegoers who enjoy viewing films with good company. Each month, this group selects a movie for viewing virtually or over dinner in person to enjoy and discuss. Featuring old cinema favorites and trending documentaries, and occasionally joined by the director or producer, this circle promises an insightful exchange each and every time. Registration is required. All registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link or location of the dinner. The Movie Circle is usually held on the 4th Monday of each month when it’s on Zoom. 


Co-Conveners: Robin Allman and Barbara Brown 


If you would like to participate and want the latest information about our Movie Circle events,  please make sure to click on the Movie Circle check box when you join our mailing list. 


Previously Seen Movies 

Click here to see a list of movies our Circle has seen. We hope you can join us for our next movie gathering. 

Book Circle

2nd THURSDAY BOOK CIRCLE – Education For Action

Looking for a more stimulating discourse to keep your justice meter humming? Our Education For Action Book Circle meets virtually on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 – 8:00 pm ET on Zoom featuring an exciting selection of motivational books that will inspire you to be the change you want to see in the world. With a local and national appeal, we encourage you to invite others to join these deep dive conversations on Civil Rights, Reparations, global equity movements and the personalities leading the charge for justice locally and around the world. 

Click here to see a list of movies our Circle has seen. We hope you can join us for our next movie gathering. 

4th THURSDAY BOOK CIRCLE – Reading For Change

The 4th Thursday Reading For Change Book Circle is for book lovers looking for the perfect way to share thoughts and ideas on race, focusing on today’s writers and old favorites. From Michelle Obama’s Becoming, to Ben Campbell’s Richmond’s Unhealed History to James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, this group covers novels from the bestseller list to classic civil rights literature, to books written by up-and-coming authors. Enjoy fellowship and phenomenal reads most 4th Thursdays of the month on Zoom. 6:30 – 8:00 pm ET. 


No meeting in November and December. 


Co-Conveners: Cheryl Goode, Karen Franklin, Brett Hoag, Doug Steele, and Marsha Summers. For more information about Book Circle events or to be added to our mailing list contact us . To see a list of books our circle has discussed, please click here. 

Reparations Circle

The global outcry that the world is currently experiencing can be directly correlated to the historical harm that discriminatory practices of the past have caused people of color – particularly those of African descent.  In this country, the practice of race-based slavery and segregation has inflicted untold damage psychologically, physically, and financially on African Americans and their descendants. 


The definition of reparations is simply “the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged”. We at Coming To The Table – RVA recognize that now is the perfect time to move reparations from discussion to action. Our vision, mission, and values along with our TABLE approach will enable us to “repair what is broken“ by using both a grassroots and systemic approach that brings people together for both communion and collaboration in racial healing. Through this holistic methodology we can begin to build a just and equitable future for all.


The definition of reparations is simply “the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged”. We at Coming To The Table – RVA recognize that now is the perfect time to move reparations from discussion to action. Our vision, mission, and values along with our TABLE approach will enable us to “repair what is broken“ by using both a grassroots and systemic approach that brings people together for both communion and collaboration in racial healing. Through this holistic methodology we can begin to build a just and equitable future for all.


We encourage you to join us in this effort to truly realize Dr. King’s dream “that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’ “.


If you would like more information or you have a reparations opportunity you would like to discuss please contact co-chairs Frank Moseley and Tina Slaughter at info@comingtogethervirginia.com.


If you would like to join this circle to learn more about opportunities with which you can help, please join us.

Racism At Work (RAW)
Speaker Series

The RAW Series focuses on systemic racism in major social determinants – Education, Public safety, Workplace Equity, Public Health, and Housing – and helps participants develop a deeper understanding and awareness of the role racial injustice and iniquity play in the social constructs of society. RAW’s focus is on the local expression of current issues, the influences of racism and the call to action to begin alleviating these discrepancies. With plans to offer four presentations per year, this series presents topics of critical importance for those who want to learn more about the history and systemic practice of racism in the Greater Richmond area. 


RAW is expanding its team for the 2023 season! Interested? Contact us for more information. 

Upcoming Events

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February 15, 2023

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