Martha Rollins (relative of R.E. Lee) and Danita Green (descendant of African royalty) share the story of their friendship from meeting (2009) as it developed over 10 years from causal to connected to committed. At the root is their willingness to have honest, courageous and clumsy conversations-- the hallmark of CTTT.
In 2013 Martha and Danita went to the MLK Anniversary March in DC. In 2014 they partnered to begin "Listening Luncheons" in their homes as a vehicle or intentionally connecting people across artifical and systemic racial divisions in Richmond. Encouraged by Art Carter (Eastern Shore CTTT) Phoebe Kilby and Tom deWolfe (National CTTT) they attended the national CTTT gathering at EMU, returned home and held their first CTTT- RVA gatherings.
In 2016 Danita and Martha were joined by Darren Utley and Joshua Stepney to create a Co-Conveners team that met weekly for very honest/courageous conversations about direction of CTTT- RVA. What should our gatherings look like? Where do we meet? When? How do we invite people? How do we deal with doing infinite and important work in a finite time frame? How do we model CTTT values and live into the CTTT vision of taking America beyond the legacy of enslavement?
This Fabulous Five plus Barbara Brown morphed in early 2017 into our beginning Leaders Circle. Cheryl Goode and Darren initiated the second CTTT- RVA dinner gathering at St. Johns UCCC. Marsha Summers accepted the challenge of feeding the Third Tuesday gathering at Ginter Park Presbyterian. Barbara Brown developed the Movie Group. Cheryl and Marsha also led the Book Group. Hayat Bain initiated the Healing Circle.