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  “Glimpses into the past are everywhere in Bristol. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Linden Place, and Colt Memorial High School loom high above Hope Street. I’ve walked along streets and past homes that are older than the state of Oregon. Standing on the dock, looking out over the harbor from the end of what is known as DeWolf Wharf on Thames Street, it is easy to imagine the long, colorful history of this place.”

Inheriting the Trade

Groups/Organizations Dedicated to Healing

  • The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery. This is the non-profit founded to carry on the work of the film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, which grapples with legacy of slavery that continues to impact black and white Americans today.
  • Coming to the Table. The Coming to the Table project brings together people from all sides of the legacy of slavery—descendants of slave traders, the enslaved, and slave owners—to listen to each others’ stories and ponder our historical connections in order to promote healing and reconciliation.
  • Growing a Global Heart. This non-profit organization, led by Tom’s friends and colleagues Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills, has a vision of planting a million trees along the Trans-Atlantic slave route in West Africa to honor and remember the millions of unnamed, unheralded, and unremembered souls who were lost, and to help combat the ravaging effects of global warming and catastrophic climate change.
  • Our Black Ancestry. With the mission of empowering the future by honoring the past, this site—managed by Tom’s Coming to the Table friend Sharon Morgan—makes available information and services to help people explore and appreciate African American family history.
  • United to End Racism. UER is dedicated to illuminating the damage done to individuals by racism and to undo this damage on an individual basis, using the resources and process of Re-evaluation Counseling.
  • Everyday Democracy. Everyday Democracy helps communities develop their own ability to solve problems by exploring ways for all kinds of people to think, talk, and work together to create change. Racism is a key focus in their work because of its roots in our country's history and culture. Everyday Democracy helps communities address race and diversity on any issue in order to create community dialogue and change.
  • White Privilege Conference. This annual conference provides a forum to explore difficult issues such as diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social justice, race and racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, religion and other systems of privilege and oppression.
  • TransAfrica Forum. TransAfrica Forum is the oldest and largest African-American human rights and social justice advocacy organization promoting diversity and equity in the foreign policy arena and justice for the African world.
  • Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. The mission of Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training is to dismantle systemic racism and build anti-racist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities. Crossroads offers intensive 2½ day training sessions.
  • The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. The People’s Institute, headquartered in New Orleans, is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.
  • Facing History and Ourselves. Since 1976, Facing History has been engaging students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development and lessons of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the choices they confront in their own lives.
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice. The NCCJ, founded in 1927, is a human relations organization dedicated to promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists, and the tracking of hate groups.
      Inheriting the Trade, by Thomas Norman DeWolf, is published by Beacon Press. Copyright 2007.