Tod Ewing has been engaged in the field of race and diversity most of his adult life and dedicates his work to his daughter Talia Carmel Ewing, who passed away unexpectedly in 1997. He constantly examines the practices of those who have made a great impact on the movement for racial healing, unity and justice, which has led him to the same conclusions as some of the most iconic human and civil rights role models of the past: lasting change must be grounded in a spiritual consciousness that recognizes our essential oneness as a human family; and spirituality is not weak, superfluous or impractical, but rather is a vital force for social change. Tod feels that while many people draw strength from religion, we need not be affiliated with a particular religion in order to tap our spirituality or higher capacities.
Tod is particularly interested in how African Americans, with our rich history of leadership, can help create new models of human interaction and become powerful agents of transformation. He believes that to do this we must discover, rediscover, or uncover our higher capacities/spirituality. To transform our “villages”, we must transform ourselves. Family and community will be improved and people will develop the ability to effectively deal with issues of racial justice in ways that heal and bond, while at the same time maintaining our mental and emotional health and our sense of dignity.
Tod is a practitioner who has served the private and public sector for over 30 years, both nationally and internationally. His widely varied clientele includes NGOs in Kampala, Uganda; the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia; the former Amoco Corporation; and a coalition of non-profit Black farm advocates addressing global racism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Tod is also a writer whose articles have been published locally and nationally and is a co-author of Building Cultural Bridges, a Practical Guide for Building Unified School Communities. His latest book, Seeing Heaven in the Face of Black Men, presents a candid look at the day to day emotional/psychological landmines that black people have to navigate and what it will take to move to “higher ground” so they can be navigated in as healthy a way as possible. Tod also a co-founder of an NAACP chapter. He is featured prominently in the documentary film Racial Taboo.
For the past two years, Tod has been engaged with his teammates in an initiative to document how project participants in three cities are integrating racial justice practices into their community building activities. Their findings will be used by the national sponsoring organization to encourage and inform similar efforts around the country.
Tod has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Studies, and an honorary Doctorate degree in Spiritual Psychology. He is a certified Spiritual Life Coach. He and his wife Alison live in Washington DC, with their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. They have been married for 47 years.