"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." James Baldwin

We bring people together in a safe space to have tough conversations about race.

Our Mission

Our tagline says it all: Conversations on Race, Communities In Action.

Since 2008, that’s exactly what we’ve done. We bring people together to talk about and improve race relations in Memphis.

Our organization, which is a program of the YWCA of Greater Memphis, holds two public sessions a year.

Join Us!

Because of your support, the Action News 5/Common Ground coat drive was a success! More than 480 coats and $4,000 in donations in just three days. The warm winter gear is on its way to students at South Park Elementary School, Common Ground’s adopted school, and other children in need in Shelby County Schools. If you want to join us doing cool projects like this, send us an email at info@commongroundmemphis.org. We’re always looking for volunteers and support to make a real, tangible difference in our community.


Common Ground relaunches its Community Dialogues Workshops this October. After a program revamp, this fall’s workshops feature a refreshed curriculum and a focus on neighborhoods.

Residents of Uptown, Harbortown, Smokey City and New Chicago are invited to join us for 5 Thursdays, October 1 through 30 from 5:30 until 8pm at the Neighborhood Christian Center at the corner of Jackson and Dunlap.

Trained Common Ground facilitators will lead 50 residents through a 5 week curriculum designed to educate, raise awareness, and leave participants better able to have tough conversations about the issue we all live with…race.

As always, the workshops are free. Sign up is required. Participants must sign up by September 24, 2015. For more information, email memphiscommonground@gmail.com.