About

Image of Tom DeWolfCTTT LogoTom serves as Executive Director for Coming to the Table, a non-profit organization that  provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.

Tom is a trained STAR Practitioner. STAR is a research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program that brings together theory and practices from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality, and restorative justice to address the needs of individuals, organizations, and communities dealing with the impacts of present-day or historic trauma.

IP_Certified_Trainer_logo_colorTom is a certified trainer for Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Changing Your Life. He blends Infinite Possibilities – the power we each possess to use our minds to create our reality – into the Resilience aspect of STAR.

Thoughts Become Things. Choose the good ones.” – Mike Dooley

Tom was astounded to learn, in 2001, that he is related to the most successful slave-trading dynasty in U.S. history, responsible for transporting at least 10,000 African people to the Americas.

Tom travels extensively throughout the United States speaking and leading workshops and trainings at colleges, universities, conferences, and other venues. He exposes hidden elements of history and shows how traumatic, unhealed wounds from the past continue to impact everyone today. Such wounds are expressed on campuses and elsewhere as racism, sexism, and other forms of intolerance.  With compassion and humor, Tom illuminates a path toward healing and a more hopeful future.

Tom is the co-author, with Sharon Leslie Morgan, of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade (2012, Beacon Press). Gather at the Table won the Phillis Wheatley Award for best Nonfiction/Biography & Memoir.

His first book, Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History (2008, Beacon Press) grew from the journey that he, along with nine distant cousins, took to retrace the triangle trade route of their slave-trading ancestors. Their life-altering journey is chronicled in the Emmy-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. An Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival, the film premiered on national television on the acclaimed PBS series P.O.V.

The African American Jazz Caucus awarded Tom the 2012 Spirit of Freedom Award for Social Justice.

Spirit of Freedom Award The Early Show on CBS
2012 African American Jazz Caucus
Spirit of Freedom Award
The Early Show on CBS
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C-SPAN’s Book TV With Quentin Tarantino
at Sundance Film Festival
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