Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, 2016

Presented by
Community Healing Network, Inc.
The Association of Black Psychologists
in conjunction with Rep. Karen Bass
the 46th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 206
801 Mt. Vernon Place, N.W.
Washington, D. C. U.S.A.

2016 Summit Theme: We Talk. We Tell. We Teach.

Reclaiming Control of the Narrative Governing Our Lives

In this, the second year of the United Nations -designated International Decade for People of African Descent, we invite you to join Community Healing Network and the Association of Black Psychologists as we continue to develop a unified global response to the root causes of the countless injustices against people of African ancestry.

Inspired by the African proverb “until the lion has a historian, the hunter will always be a hero,”  the 2016 Summit will build upon Taking Control of Our Destiny, 2015’s unprecedented international gathering. That groundbreaking meeting brought together Black leaders from Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, to set us on a course to free ourselves and our children --once and for all--from the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives and the under-development of Black communities: the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority.

First told centuries ago to justify the enslavement and subjugation of African people and the exploitation of Africa, these lies promoted the poisonous idea that Black people are not as lovable, beautiful, intelligent, capable, worthy, and valuable as White people. These lies commodified, objectified, and dehumanized Black people.

Notwithstanding the many efforts aimed at promoting racial equality around the world, these lies are still with us. They are at the root of the internalized racism experienced by far too many people of African ancestry and they are at the heart of the toxic stereotypes that fuel biases against Black people in nearly every area of life. These lies explain why, to so many people all over the world, Black lives simply do not matter as much as White lives. These lies have persisted for generations, and must be overturned so that the lives of Black people can be truly valued, and Black communities can be transformed.

Valuing Black Lives is a working Summit. Our charge is to be action-oriented and solutions-focused.

In 2015, we launched a global conversation about the lies and their origins and effects, and began to devise strategies for dismantling them. We outlined next steps and established task forces that have continued working together. As a result, a multi-agency Emotional Emancipation Circles initiative has been launched in the State of California, and the Emotional Emancipation Circles initiative is being expanded across the United States, in Cuba, throughout the Caribbean, and in South Africa, and we are poised to build a wide range of other local, national, and international movement-building alliances.

During the 2016 Summit, we will explore and develop cutting-edge strategies for taking control of the narrative and telling our own story.

We are inviting leaders from across the African Diaspora whose work can contribute to re-writing our history, exposing the lies, speaking our truth, and redressing the wrongs against us in ways that are healing, liberating, and empowering. We again invite young people, parents, leaders of civil society, historians, educators, physicians, mental health professionals, economists, entrepreneurs, entertainers and media professionals, lawyers, advocates, activists, elected officials, policymakers, and all Black people committed to confronting the root causes of the challenges we face as people of African ancestry around the world--to share your knowledge and join us in co-creating strategies to take control of the narrative and reclaim our humanity and dignity.  

CHN’s aim is to engage a critical mass of Black people in the journey toward emotional emancipation--for freedom from the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority-- by 2019, the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans at Virginia colony in the United States. Because 400 years of dehumanization are enough. And so that, by the year 2020, we as a people will begin to see ourselves in a whole new light.



Community Healing Network (CHN) is helping the global Black community move past surviving to thriving to flourishing. In the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, founding chair of CHN’s Board of Advisors, we are moving “beyond the pain of the blues to the sky blue of unlimited possibilities!” We are doing this essential work by fostering the development of a culture of emotional emancipation, healing, wellness, and empowerment within Black families and neighborhoods across the African Diaspora.

CHN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit launched in 2006, is the only organization focused solely on building the global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation – to help Black people overcome, heal from, and overturn the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives: the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority.



Established in 1968, the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to promote and advance the profession of African psychology, influence and effect social change, and develop programs that address and work to alleviate problems of Black communities and other ethnic groups.  

The Association of Black Psychologists sees its mission and destiny as the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit.

*PLEASE NOTE: Valuing Black Lives: The Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit, Emotional Emancipation Circles, EE Circles, EECs, and all related copyrights, service marks and logos are owned exclusively-- and stewarded-- by Community Healing Network, Inc.