"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.


Party with Common Ground!

Join us as we celebrate six years of bringing Memphians together. we will have tasty food, free beer and wonderful music by Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Best thing? It all benefits a great cause…realizing the dream, one conversation at a time. Be there, October 3 at 6pm!

Purchase tickets here.

Join us for Common Ground’s Fall sessions!

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. September 9 – October 21, 2014 Hutchison School for Girls, 1740 Ridgeway Rd. Memphis, TN 38119.

Sessions are free to area adults, but space is limited. Participants must pre-register. Want to join us? Sign up here.