August 16, 2010

From enslavement to complete freedom

Our emancipation was proclaimed in 1863. Civil rights and voting rights laws were passedin the 1960s. The president of the United States is a black man. The most influential person in the media is a black woman. But the sad truth remains: complete freedom for black people is still a ways off. Here's the great news: complete freedom is within our reach and entirely within our control.

Here is a glimpse at our past, our present, and the vision of Community Healing Network (CHN) for our future.

  • Africans arrive in Jamestown Colony.
  • Blackpeople are enslaved. In what W.E.B. DuBois has described as "one of the most stupendous efforts the world ever saw to discredit human beings,"  the lie of an inferior, sub-human status is increasingly used to justifythe subjugation and enslavement of black people.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation is issued.
  • The lie of black inferiority remains in force.
  • Reconstruction begins, and the first Jim Crow laws are passed.
  • Jim Crow laws enforce racial segregation in a majority of American states. The lie of black inferiority prevails.
  • Jim Crowe ends with the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts.
  • De facto segregation continues and the lie of black inferiority still prevails.
  • The United States House of Representatives issues an apology for slavery. The lie of black inferiority still prevails.
  • Community Healing Network, Inc., issues the Call to Healing and Renewal, calling for the annual celebration of Community Healing Days and for a grassroots movement aimed explicitly at overcoming the lie of black inferiority.
  • Community Healing Days are celebrated for the first time.
  • Barack Obama is elected president of the United States, but the lie is still in force.
  • 2009 The United States Senate issues an apology for slavery.
  • The lie of black inferiority still prevails.
  • 2008 – 2009: The number of people and organizations celebrating Community Healing Days and launching grassroots healing initiatives steadily increases and the movement for emancipation from the lie of black inferiority grows.
  • 2019: A nationwide network of self-help groups focused on emotional emancipation and healing is firmly established.
  • 2020: Asa people, we are working diligently to see ourselves in a whole newlight and are determined to reach our full potential.
  • The lie of black inferiority is, finally, dealt its death blow.

CHN is fighting for complete freedom for black people--in body, in mind, and in spirit.

Please join us.

Help us make this the decade for the emotional emancipation of black people.

Defy the Lie! To show your support for the movement for emotional freedom, please visit to say "yes" to Dr. Maya Angelou's call to Wear Sky Blue during Community Healing Days, October 14, 15, and 16, 2011.

Be sure to put "time for healing" on your calendar.


Thank you,

Enola Aird, Jill Snyder, Dottie Green, Natalie Roche, Tarice Gray, WizdomPowell Hammond, Sheila Warren, Ric Jennings, Gretchen Vaughn, and allyour friends at Community Healing Network, Inc.


P.S. We need your help to make this the decade for the emotional emancipation of black people. CHN is a low-overhead, volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) grassroots organization. Your gift of any amount will help. Please donate today using the secure link below, or send a check to Community Healing Network, Inc., 111 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511, Attention: Jill Snyder, Treasurer.

Thanks again.