In the News

February 10, 2021:How do we resolve racial tensions? Start with reclaiming Black family history” – Savannah Hopkinson, Opinion writer for Deseret News, interviewed Sharon for this article. This year’s theme for Black History Month is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. The history of those families is in danger of being lost.

August 7, 2020: “Gather at the Table – Sharon and Tom are interviewed together in the third of three successive podcast with Bill Myers Inspires. Winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Nonfiction/Biography & Memoir, Gather at the Table authors Sharon Leslie Morgan and Thomas Norman DeWolf join Bill Myers to discuss their Healing Journey as a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.

July 31, 2020: “Black Ancestry” – Sharon is interviewed for the Bill Myers Inspires podcast. As people love learning about their family tree via websites such as, black people in America face many hurdles in discovering their ancestry as they were relegated to a status of property rather than as a human being, poor record keeping and the systematic dismantling of the black family unit for generations through the sale of black people as valuable property which resulted from America’s institution of slavery. How then can black people search their ancestry? Sharon Leslie Morgan provides helpful information and guidance as to the challenges, and meaningful steps and paths forward for black people as they embark on the amazing journey of discovering their ancestry, who they are and where they come from.

July 24, 2020:Inheriting the Trade” – Tom is interviewed for the Bill Myers Inspires podcast. Imagine discovering that you were a descendant of the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. How would you use that information to discuss slavery and racism? Why is it necessary to address slavery and racism for America to move forward?

May 11, 2019: “Her ancestors were slaves. His were slave traders. They took a road trip to ‘confront that history,” Piya Chattopadhyay, host of “Out in the Open” on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Canada’s equivalent of NPR) interviewed Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf, “The unlikely pair drove 6,000 miles in 30 days by following a map based on family genealogy.”

March 29, 2018: “Connect with those we’ve been raised to think of as ‘the other.” by Melissa Hale-Spencer, in The Altamont Enterprise Regional, about Sharon’s and Tom’s appearance at LibertyCon in Albany, NY.

March 9, 2018:LibertyCon 2018.” Sharon and Tom presented the opening address for the Underground Railroad History Project’s LibertyCon 2018 in Albany, NY. They were interviewed, along with Mary Liz Stewart, Co-founder and Executive Director of URHP, by Joe Donahue on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

February 6, 2018: “On the Issues: Mission Week.” Sharon and Tom presented the keynote address for Mission Week at Marquette University in Wisconsin. They were interviewed for this program by Mike Gousha.

January 22, 2017:Carnegie medal finalists” by Tina Winstead for The Daily Star. Gather at the Table recommended by the American Library Association as a “read-alike” book for 2017 nominee The Firebrand and the First Lady, by Patricia Bell-Scott.

November 16, 2016: “Whitelash and Blacklash” by Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf. Blog post for Beacon Broadside (publisher of Gather at the Table). Our thoughts after the U.S. Presidential Election of 2016.

Fall 2015: “The Past is Presentby Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf. The historical trauma the United States does not want to talk about in Intersections: MCC Theory & Practice Quarterly. This entire issue focuses on Trauma and Resilience. Download the full issue here.

74 Cover Medium_hands upMay 20, 2015: “His Ancestors Were Slave Traders and Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing from a Road Trip” is the lead article in the Summer Issue of Yes! Magazine; written by Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan. The article sets the context for the issue and its theme: Make It Right, focused on the possibilities for deep societal healing, reconciliation, and reparation.

February 27, 2015: “Gather at the Table Revisited” an engaging, hour-long Blog Talk Radio interview with Sharon and Tom, by Bernice Bennett on her popular program “Research at the National Archives and Beyond.” The last time we did this program more than 10,000 people listened in.

January 29, 2015: “Quickly planned DePauw Dialogue seen as a success, but ‘race heavy’” – story about the campus-wide day of conversation on diversity and inclusion, for which Sharon and Tom were two of the three featured speakers, by Leann Burke.

Fall 2014: “Healing History’s Wounds” – feature story in Harford Community College’s Owl Magazine by Laura Milcarzyk.

September 2014: “A Healing Journey” – Sharon and Tom were interviewed by Dan Holly for this feature in Diversity MBA Magazine in advance of their appearance at the Diversity MBA Annual Leadership Conference.

August 9, 2014: Macon to welcome community historian appeared in Mississippi’s The Dispatch in advance of Sharon’s visit with the Noxubee County Historical Society Tuesday on August 19, and her presentation at the Main Street Macon Welcome Center on August 20.

April 5, 2014: Tom was interviewed about his and Sharon’s Gather at the Table journey for C-Span’s “Cities Tour” focus on Bend, Oregon (Tom’s home town), which aired on Book TV.

February 6, 2014: In advance of a three-day residency at Jamestown Community College in New York, Sharon and Tom were interviewed by Dusten Rader of The Post-Journal for History & Healing: JCC To Host Residency On Slavery.

September 30, 2013: Sharon and Tom interviewed by Sharon E. Davis on the Voice America radio program “A Safe Place to Talk About Race” – How They Pushed Through Racial Pain and Trauma.

August 20, 2013Gather at the Table called “brave and compelling” in the Fall 2013 issue of YES! Magazine. Read L

July 19, 2013, Gather at the Table wins Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Best Nonfiction/Memoir & Biography!

April 15, 2013, Sharon and Tom interviewed on NPR’s Prime Time Radio by host Mike Cuthbert.

February 14, 2013, “Coming to the Table to Address America’s Racial Divide“, an excerpt from Gather at the Table in Utne Reader.

January 23, 2013, “Coming to Grips with Racial Divides“, article by Lou Fancher in the San Jose Mercury News

January 23, 2013, Part 2 of Tom & Sharon’s interview on “Uprising” on KPFK/Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles. You can listen to our interview with Sonali Kolhatkar here, or watch it on YouTube here.

January 22, 2013, “Uprising” on KPFK/Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles, California. Listen here to Sharon’s and Tom’s interview with Sonali Kolhatkar. You can also watch this interview on YouTube here.

January 18, 2013, “Up Front” on KPFA/Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, California. Listen here to Sharon’s & Tom’s interview with Brian Edwards-Tiekert. The Gather at the Table segment comprises the last half of this hour-long program.

January 10, 2013, “Legacy of slavery, racism focus of presentation“, article by Richard Miller and Bev Makhani in Washington State University News.

January 7, 2013, “Weekday” on KUOW, Seattle’s NPR station. Listen here to Sharon’s and Tom’s interview with Steve Scher. From our perspective, one of the best interview experiences we’ve had.

December 25, 2012, “Tell Me More” on NPR. Listen here as guest host Celeste Headlee interviews Sharon and Tom about their journey and Gather at the Table.

November 9, 2012, WMUK 102.1 FM. Listen here to Sharon and Tom being interviewed in advance of three days of workshops, school visits, and presentations in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

November 8, 2012, Radio in Black and White, WPPR-AM. Listen here to Sharon and Tom being interviewed by Rick Wilson and Skot Welch in advance of two days of working with churches and at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

October 21, 2012, the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. Tom and Sharon were interviewed over the course of two full segments. Watch Part One here, and Part Two here.

October 16, 2012, Read Sharon’s story about slaveholder John Marrast (who owned Sharon’s great grandparents) here.

October 14, 2012, The Dyana Williams Show on WRNB in Philadelphia. Sharon and Tom will be in Philadelphia at Cliveden House on Thursday, October 18. Listen here.

October 14, 2012, Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church. Sharon and Tom delivered today’s sermon. Listen to the podcast here.

October 8, 2012, The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, New York’s flagship public radio station. Sharon and Tom were interviewed for a segment titled “Slavery’s Legacy.” Listen here.

September 10, 2012, first joint interview by Sharon and Tom on “Research at the National Archives & Beyond.” Blog Talk Radio program hosted by Bernice Bennett. This interview attracted the most listeners (live and archived) to date for this program; in excess of 10,000 the first week. Listen here.

Fall 2012, Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2012, (Front Matter), Chapter 1 excerpt from “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade

August 2, 2012, Kirkus Reviews magazine, “An instructive journey of reconciliation

Summer 2012, Oklahoma Humanities magazine, “Making Peace with the Past




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