"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.


Join us for Common Ground’s spring sessions!

Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10 - March 31 (except Feb. 17)
Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38117
The sessions are free to area adults. Sign up here.

Coming Feb. 10: ”Pathways to Racial Justice: A deeper exploration of racism, prejudice and systemic inequity. Developed by Dr. Paul Hawkins, this five-week discussion series will meet at 6 p.m. Mondays at Second Baptist Church. Participation is limited to 12 participants. To sign up, email info@commongroundmemphis.org by Jan. 30.