By Dr. Fran Kaplan
February 23, 2014 would have been Dr. James Cameron’s 100th birthday (1914-2006). He founded America’s Black Holocaust Museum. In his honor, we convened a Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation in Milwaukee.
Cameron believed that it was urgent to “forgive but never forget” the truth about our country’s race relations. With support from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and our collaborators, the Milwaukee Public Library and UW-Milwaukee, we brought to town the authors of a book called “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.” More than one hundred community leaders listened to Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf’s presentation. Afterward, people moved to tables to begin a dialogue about their visions for racial reconciliation in Milwaukee.
Intentionally, the small groups were interracial. We called the table discussions “Caring Circles” and asked people to listen intently to each other. Each table included a trained facilitator drawn from a wonderful, diverse corps. Read More