Taking America Beyond the Legacy of Enslavement

What We Do

We facilitate two gatherings each month on the second Friday the fourth Thursday. An informal social hour begins at 6:30 PM; formal meeting starts at 7 PM and runs until 8:30 PM. You may attend either of these meetings or both of them. You may attend regularly or irregularly.

How We Do What We

Each gathering roughly follows the agenda described below. In the meeting we present 10 to 20 minutes of learning/experience through a speaker, a brief video, or reading. One or more challenging questions relevant to the agenda posed. Then each person has the opportunity of sharing their thoughts and feelings in response to what’s been covered.
Our first focus is on noticing yourself in reaction to the material- your bodily sensations, your thoughts, your emotions. This is what each person shares. The second focus is on listening to the others. We do not give advice to one another; we don’t educate one another; we don’t correct one another. We operate by set of guidelines called
Touchstones which have been designed over decades to nurture a process of deep developmental learning and personal transformation. This creates a very different type of gathering than most of us are familiar with.

Our distinctive focus is on your personal transformation.  Exploring trauma you have experienced or caused, learning to accept and heal, connecting with others, and taking action.

Our Vision for the United States is of  a just and truthful society that    acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.

Our Mission is to provide leadership, resources, and a  supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that are rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.

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Our Agenda

This is a rough outline of what we will work on in the two CTTT Boston Metro meetings. We will also be responsive to current events and bring them in to our circles.  The outline below is a close parallel to the Table of Contents from extremely valuable, “The Little Book of Racial Healing”.


The Roots of Circle
The Act of Being Encircled
Essential Elements of the Circle
Circle Process

TRAUMA: Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Unresolved trauma 
Trauma Healing
Historic Trauma of Slavery
“Get over It”


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Dave Douglas, LICSW, Cofounder, Boston Manalive.

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We use a variety of books, movies and YouTube videos for education and to stimulate  dialogue and challenge our thinking. We will go through them slowly and in depth, often reading passages aloud and sometimes repeatedly in our meeting. We have found these resources helpful:

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. It is available on Amazon as hardcover, softcover, CD or audiobook. The author has extensive experience working with businesses, government and nonprofits addressing issues of racism. Her book is smart, thoughtful and insightful. It presents many tools and perspectives for our dialogue.

The 1619 Project-The history of Blacks in America and the forging of democracy. Available on Amazon in all 4 formats. This will give you a broad  four hundred year perspective on the contribution and treatment of Blacks in America.

Maps and Mechanisms for Inner Work by Willing Phillips. This 12 page briefing outlines a variety of ways were deepening your inner work and developing yourself.  All of us are made of many efferent elements such as our rational brain as well as our limbic or lizard brain. There are many parts of our thoughts and experience that remain unconscious and sometimes suppressed or hidden in our shadow. Inner work involves the discovery of all of these in their eventual acknowledgment, respect and integration. At times this journey can be uncomfortable or even outright fearful.

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