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We Believe in this Necessary Work

As we reflect back on the month of October, it's hard to believe that we accomplished so much in one month. With all of our other personal and professional commitments, we also participated in a 2 1/2 day training on "Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism" by Chicago ROAR. Board members and volunteers went on a 3-day exploratory trip to Montgomery, AL to the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace & Justice and other landmark sites in Montgomery (read more below). Some of us also attended a gala featuring the Daily Show's host, Trevor Noah, who compared racial injustice in his home country of South Africa with the U.S. and then another gala featuring New York Times columnist Nikole Hannah-Jones discussing the 1619 Project, and still had time to fit in a face-to-face Board meeting. With all the many things on our plate, we remain deeply committed to this necessary work. Do you have a passion for this type of work? If so, we’d like to talk to you. Email us at

Our first stop on our exploratory trip to Montgomery was The Legacy Museum. Opening in April 2018, this must-visit museum was established by the Equal Justice Initiative under the leadership of its founder, Attorney Bryan Stevenson, to investigate, bring attention to, and honor the lives of thousands of African-Americans who were the victims of lynchings in America. 
On our second day, we visited the counterpart to the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The memorial takes visitors on a journey of racial terror from slavery, lynching, to a sobering memorial commemorating thousands who were murdered due to lynchings between 1877 to 1950.

Why Didn't I Know That?

TiBA frequently asks the question, "Why didn't I know that?" The time spent in Montgomery, AL was a deeply moving and painful experience; yet it also fostered deep conversations, reflections, and yes, an exceptionally enjoyable time as we bonded together. Click here for reflections from TiBA Board president, Sharon Hatchett, and her mother, Helen Hatchett. Click here for reflections from TiBA Board member, Tom Denio, and here for reflections from TiBA Volunteer, Andy Swindler. 

We, at Together is Better Alliance, are working diligently to gather information, understand, and develop partnerships to make a positive difference in helping others along this journey with us to value and respect a more complete history of the United States of America. This more complete understanding of our history unveils forgotten or intentionally hidden facts and accounts about how the U.S. became the affluent and dominant country that it is today.

We are thankful for the benefits provided to us as American citizens but we recognize that many innocent lives have paid the ultimate price for our comfort, freedom, and satisfaction. There are many things we admit that we do not know about our country's present and past related to racial terror; however, we ask "why didn't we know this and shouldn't we be aware of a more complete history of our beloved country?" Are we afraid to face this history? If so, who does it hurt and who does it benefit? Can knowing and facing the truth set us free from racial divide and mistrust, and help us value all in their full humanity? Does this work interest you? If so, click here to learn more or email us at
Copyright © 2019 Together is Better Alliance, NFP. All rights reserved.

The TiBA Board of Directors are Pres. Sharon Hatchett, Esq., Vice-Pres. Xcylur Stoakley, Sec. Julie
Shelton, Esq., Treas. Tom Denio, Amania Drane, Van Gilmer, Rev. Mitchell Johnson & Mae Smith.

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