"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.


Painter poster.FinalCommon Ground kicks off its 2015 Diversity Dialogues Series with a lecture by Dr. Nell Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University. Professor Painter’s lecture, “The History of White People,” draws on her 2011 New York Times Bestselling book of the same name to trace the invention of race and dissect the “worship of whiteness.”

Join us for the lecture at 6 pm in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center at Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway. Enter via the gates off of University.

After the lecture, join Common Ground for a Diversity Dialogue about Prof. Painter’s lecture. Sign up by emailing info@commongroundmemphis.org.

The lecture and dialogue are free and open to the public. Sign up is required for the dialogue.