Our Story

Tod, Phyllis, and Gene have been working together since 2010. We first connected when we realized the similarities between our two recently published books, Seeing Heaven in the Face of Black Men and Longing: Stories of Racial Healing. After doing several joint presentations, we made the decision to work as a team, addressing the issue of racial healing from our combined perspectives. In February 2012 we came together for a week-long visioning retreat and developed the idea for the Race Story ReWrite Project.

Visioning & Planning Session facilitator: Marianne Geula
Advisor & Videographer: Erik Unterschuetz

The principles and the skills that inform our learning model have grown out of our personal experiences with interactions between Black and White and the collaborative work we’ve done together. We use our own relationship as an example, demonstrating how people from groups that have historically viewed each other with deep mistrust can work effectively as a team.. Our association so far has been a period of building trust and confidence that the three of us have a commitment to each other and to our mutual goal. Now we can go forward and do some real work together. Our story is a case study of building a relationship that becomes a friendship that becomes a collaboration. We offer ourselves as a model of an authentic struggle to live a new story about Black and White.