DeWolf and Morgan met through their interest in a group aimed at racial reconciliation but didn’t automatically take to each other. Eventually, DeWolf, a descendent of slave traders and owners (Inheriting the Trade, 2009), saw in opinionated Morgan the ideal companion to help him delve into the trauma of America’s racial history and prospects for recovery. Morgan, descended from enslaved Africans, founded the website Our Black Ancestry. For four weeks, the two traveled through 21 states, Washington, D.C., and the Caribbean, tracing their individual heritages and the common experience of race in America. They visited one another’s families and childhood homes and traced the path of race history through Southern plantations and civil rights movement sites, all while exploring how their friendship evolved “within the context of racial reconciliation.” In their search to become conscious of learned attitudes about race and to work to change them, Morgan struggles with racial anger and deep distrust of whites, while DeWolf confronts long unexamined white privilege, and both share the pain, joy, and exhaustion of a demanding and healing journey. --Vanessa Bush
“Gather at the Table is an honest exploration into the deep social wounds left by racism, violence, and injustice, as the authors work through their own prejudices in search of reconciliation--and ultimately find friendship.”
—Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
“I could not put this book down. Gather at the Table is an extraordinary story of an honest, meaningful conversation across the racial divide. At times it hurts to read. And well it should. Centuries of injustice and trauma that face us every day in this country have no place for half-truths. Sharon and Tom took the harder road—searching for healing, they literally walked together into painful histories and found authentic friendship.”
—John Paul Lederach, PhD, author of The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace
“A great introduction to a shared past that ought to be better known.”
“What a courageous journey—communicated in an engaging, readable style with candor, humor, and deep feeling. This book shed light on the thoughts, questions, and feelings I have about race, society, culture, and historical, generational, and structurally induced trauma—and the human ability to transcend. In reading it, I realized there are questions I’m still afraid to ask about race, things I’m afraid to say, and yet I realized anew the power of acknowledgment, mercy, justice, and conflict transformation. I’m grateful to DeWolf and Morgan for not just taking the journey but for sharing their story with us.”
—Carolyn Yoder, founding director of STAR: Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience
“Sharon and Tom take us on a heart-opening journey of awakening. As a nation, we owe them a deep bow of gratitude as they help us navigate the deep divides of race and otherness.”
—Belvie Rooks, cofounder, Growing a Global Heart
A very interesting way to research the historical upbringings of people, the current views of people today, and the potential for change in the future. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Emmettson
A must read for anyone concerned about the state of contemporary race relations in the U.S. Fascinating.Published 4 months ago by Janet D.
Overall I liked it a lot. In our book club we got to speak with the author Ms. Morgan. It was a great eveningPublished 4 months ago by John P. Mitchell
This is a must read for Black and White people interested in knowing how to help with the healing process to combat racism. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charlotte Roberson
As racism again grabs front page headlines in this country, I can only highly recommend this book by a black woman descended from slaves and a white man whose ancestors owned and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary I. Steele
Wow! What a eye opener, I wish everbody could be so honest.Published 12 months ago by Pamela D. Jones
This book was a GoodReads Giveaway book, and it was a remarkable read.
Winner of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award. Read more
I loved reading the contrast of personalities of the two authors. All's I can think about is the song from the 60's: "What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steve Linscome
Gather at the Table is an astounding book!!
Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf are sincere throughout this revealing and healing journey. They learn from each other. Read more