The Welcome Table New Orleans(WTNO) is a citywide initiative focused on race, reconciliation, and community building.

From 2014 – 2016, hundreds of diverse residents from across the city participated in Welcome Table New Orleans circles. The circles met in Algiers, Carrollton, Central City, Mid-City, New Orleans East and St. Roch. Additionally, residents participated in a Mother’s Circle as well as a Business and Civic Leader’s Circle. The circles followed a facilitated process of discussions and relationship building in safe, civil spaces. The WTNO participants, mostly strangers to one another when they began, shared a variety of experiences including exchanging personal histories and perspectives, as well as discussing events that have caught the nation’s attention. Additionally, they participated in workshops on implicit bias, race and reconciliation, as well as attended weekend retreats. Their efforts helped them to explore their own thoughts and feelings on race and call attention to the need for racial reconciliation in New Orleans and across the country. Each circle created a reconciliation project that has informed, educated and engaged the people of New Orleans.

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