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DeWolf to Participate in “Indies First” at Paulina Springs Bookstore in Sisters THIS Saturday!

Posted November 27th, 2013 by Tom

PaulinaSpringsSistersYou going shopping on Black Friday? Well, save your energy for Small Business Saturday; and particularly Indies First! That’s MY focus this weekend!

I was thrilled last month when I received an invitation from my friends at Paulina Springs Books to join them as a guest “author-bookseller” for a few hours this coming Saturday, November 30. I’ll be at the Sisters store beginning around 11:00am.

Paulina Springs has consistently supported local authors, including me, and has invited me to appear at their stores (to great turnouts!) in both the Redmond and Sisters stores when each of my books were published. Read the rest of this entry »

Criss-crossing the country with Bruce Springsteen

Posted October 23rd, 2012 by Tom

Yer killin’ me here, Bruce!

As regular readers of my blog are well aware, I’m on the road with my writing partner Sharon Morgan. We’re touring America to spread the word of our new book, Gather at the Table. Crowds are good. Response has been great. Lots of folks going home with a signed copy of the book in their hands.

We have just two appearances remaining in the Northeast portion of our tour: Wednesday, October 24 at Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and Thursday, October 25 at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut. We look forward with great anticipation to these two events.

At the same time…

Bruce and the E Street Band are also touring. I did catch a show in Detroit in April, just an 8-hour drive from where I spoke the previous day in Wisconsin – no big thang… but THIS week is killin’ me, Bruce! Read the rest of this entry »

Melissa Harris-Perry!

Posted October 21st, 2012 by Tom

Check it out, friends! Sharon and I were interviewed by Melissa Harris-Perry this morning on her MSNBC show. We were pleased to learn that both she and her producer read our book before having us on. Kind of rare for “big stage” interviews.

But don’t let that deter you, Stephen Colbert. We can help you “see race.”

Melissa Harris-Perry to interview DeWolf & Morgan this Sunday on MSNBC!

Posted October 19th, 2012 by Tom

The first national television exposure for Gather at the Table will take place this weekend when my co-author Sharon Morgan and I are interviewed by Melissa Harris-Perry on her show Sunday morning on MSNBC. We’re scheduled to be on during the final half-hour of the show; between 11:30am and noon (EDT).

Tune in!

New on YouTube

Posted September 29th, 2011 by Tom

We’ve posted a new video on YouTube about presentations I’ve done (and continue to do).

This is a brief intro that utilizes photos and video footage from appearances I’ve made over the past several years at colleges, universities, conferences, churches, on television, and at other venues in connection with the Emmy-nominated film Traces of the Trade and my book Inheriting the Trade (Beacon Press).

If anyone has connections with student activities directors, administrators, or key faculty at colleges or universities that you believe would benefit from the programs I present, please spread the word! We’re booking presentations now for winter and spring 2012.

Thanks much!

Tom

From Slavery to Stardust

Posted August 3rd, 2011 by Tom

Part of what kept us centered throughout this beautiful, tumultuous, and sometimes painful journey was that we sometimes had to remind ourselves that our story did not begin in these hard and musty dungeons but that our journey started billions of years ago in the darkness of time and space. And that like the particles of ancient stardust that pulsates through our bodies we have paused but a moment in slavery’s path.    — Dedan Gills

I am as proud of the radio show “From Slavery to Stardust: What Would Healing Look Like?” as anything I’ve participated in since Traces of the Trade.

One of the blessings of my life is my friendship and working relationship with Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills. They are the co-founders of Growing a Global Heart. Their mission is to plant one million trees along the routes of both the Transatlantic Slave Trade in West Africa and the Underground Railroad in the United States “to honor and remember the millions of unnamed, unheralded and unremembered souls who were lost during the slave trade” and “to help combat the ravaging effects of global warming and catastrophic climate change.”

One of the many times we have worked together was at the Bioneers Conference in California in October 2010. As a follow-up to the breakout session that Belvie, Dedan, and I presented, Bioneers produced a half-hour show for their Revolution from the Heart of Nature radio program that is heard on more than 370 stations worldwide in eleven nations.

I hope you’ll listen to the broadcast online here. I look forward to your reactions.

Deepak Chopra, Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, and author Thomas DeWolf…

Posted April 8th, 2011 by Tom

You might think that linking myself to famed spiritual author and speaker Deepak Chopra, Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell in the title of this post is intended as an “attention-getter” and you would be correct. It’s also accurate and I hope you’ll join us this summer.

Chopra and Mitchell are headline speakers at the Institute of Noetic Sciences 14th International Conference in San Francisco July 20-24.

IONS just announced that Dan Booth Cohen will join Belvie Rooks and me in our conference workshop presentation “Revisiting Slavery’s Legacy: What Would Healing Look Like?” (I recently read Dr. Cohen’s book I Carry Your Heart in My Heart: Family Constellations in Prison and recommend it for anyone interested in healing trans-generational trauma, including the legacy of the trauma of slavery and racism).

Learn more about the IONS Conference, and register, here.

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Posted March 21st, 2011 by Tom

(UPDATE: Click here for photos from the post-screening discussion at the U.N. — I was glad to see that roughly 300 people were estimated to be in attendance.)

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North will be featured during the 2011 week of commemoration. On March 21 at 6:30pm at the United Nations building in New York, Katrina Browne, James DeWolf Perry, Elizabeth Sturges Llerena and Tom DeWolf will be present to discuss the film, its implications, and the ongoing legacy of slavery with those in attendance.

In 2007 the General Assembly of the U.N. declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. They schedule a series of events each year in honor of this time of remembrance and commemoration.

Our family is honored to be selected to join in this year’s series of events.

At the same time it gives me pause to spend an evening at the U.N. when its members, including my country, is presently bombing Libya in the name of democracy and freedom. What complex and contradictory people we humans are. And how good we are at creating weapons and enemies. And how much we need to learn to survive such creations.

Healing in Tulsa… 90 years on, still a work in progress

Posted March 8th, 2011 by Tom

On May 30, 1921, a black man named Dick Rowland entered an elevator operated by a white woman, Sarah Page, in the Drexel Building in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What happened next is known only to Rowland and Page. One version is that the elevator jerked, and they stumbled into each other. Another version is that Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she lost her balance and Rowland reached out to prevent her from falling. What is known is that Page screamed. Rowland ran out of the elevator and was arrested for a sexual attack. White people wanted to lynch him. Black people prepared to defend him. What happened over the next two days was one of the most violent and costly incidents of racial violence in U.S. history.

Walking today through the Greenwood section of Tulsa you can feel the weight of traumatic history that has not been fully healed. Embedded in the sidewalk along Greenwood Avenue and other streets are bronze markers for every building that was destroyed.  The Greenwood Cultural Center displays photos of survivors and quotes of their memories of that awful time so many decades ago. It’s a place that reminds you of horror. It also reminds you of the resilience of the black people who were so badly abused, murdered, and run out of town. This area of Tulsa reminds you of hope. Read the rest of this entry »

“…slavery is in reality, part of god’s plan”

Posted February 19th, 2011 by Tom

I’m often asked if I ever encounter people–black or white–at the presentations I give that express anger at me in reaction to the message I share. Do black people demand “reparations” due to the slave-traders in my family’s distant past? Do white people lash out at me in disagreement over my belief that we of European descent should both acknowledge and work toward healing the lingering impacts from the legacy of slavery?

The answer is that such reactions–in person–are quite rare. Most people who attend my presentations come either because they support the work we’re doing or want to learn more about that work.

The place where people most often express their anger and opinions in opposition to the message I share is online. When someone can create an anonymous persona they apparently feel free to say whatever is on their mind —  and those opinions are often quite offensive and occasionally vile. I also encounter supportive comments sprinkled among the vitriolic as well as the head-scratchers that make me go, “huh?” Read the rest of this entry »

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