Emotional Emancipation Circles

We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind.
— Marcus Garvey

Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circles are self-help support groups in which we, Black people, work together to overcome, heal from, and overturn the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority: the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives.

Emotional Emancipation Circles were originated by Community Healing Network, Inc., (CHN), and are the product of a collaboration between CHN and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), and part of the larger global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation being spearheaded by CHN.

The EE Circles process is one of many strategies devised by CHN to build the movement for freedom from the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority, and other emotional legacies of enslavement and racism. EE Circles are inspired by the self-help movement and grounded in the principles of Ma’at, the ancient Egyptian understanding of the fundamental order of the universe. 

In Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circles, we come together to:

  • Share our stories and feelings, always respecting the humanity and dignity of each EE Circle member;
  • Deepen our understanding of the impact of historical forces on our emotional lives, our relationships, and the well-being of our communities;
  • Free our minds and spirits from the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority, and heal from the historical and continuing trauma of racism;
  • Tell ourselves a new, liberating, and empowering story about who we are as people of African ancestry;
  • Revitalize ourselves and our relationships with each other;
  • Learn and practice essential emotional wellness skills to help us be at our very best-–as individuals and as a people; and
  • Develop strategies to extinguish the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority–once and for all.


Emotional Emancipation Defined...

Emotional Emancipation is about what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called “psychological freedom” for Black people. It is about “emancipating ourselves from mental slavery,” as Marcus Garvey described it. It includes: complete freedom from the lie of Black inferiority; freedom from any and all toxic ideas about the inferiority of Black lives, Black intellect, Black culture, Black values, Black hair, Black skin and other Black physical features, and Black people, in general; freedom to see ourselves as the beautiful, lovable, intelligent, capable, and worthy people we are; freedom to see ourselves beyond the negative stereotypes that have burdened and limited us for centuries; freedom from the poisonous idea that Black people are less than human; freedom to see ourselves in a whole new, positive, light. Emotional emancipation is about reclaiming our human dignity as people of African ancestry.


EE Circle Workshops and Training

EE Circle workshops and trainings are “within-group” gatherings designed to equip members of the Black community to establish and maintain Emotional Emancipation Circles. The workshops and trainings focus on the underlying principles of emotional emancipation that should inform any effort aimed at improving conditions in Black communities and the specifics of Emotional Emancipation Circles, and how they can be used to help promote personal and community healing and transformation.

For each workshop and training, CHN and ABPsi seek participants who are committed to emotional emancipation for themselves and their families and communities, willing to become advocates and champions for the idea of emotional emancipation, and willing to mentor others to help build the global movement for the emotional emancipation, healing, wellness, and empowerment of Black people.





What YOU Can Do

What do you need to lead an EE Circle? You need a deep commitment to the emotional liberation of Black people, a willingness to do the work necessary to promote your own emotional healing and that of your family, neighborhood, and community, and a willingness to abide by the guidelines set by the Association of Black Psychologists and Community Healing Network to protect the integrity of EE Circles and the movement for emotional emancipation.


PAST EE CIrcles training


*PLEASE NOTE: Emotional Emancipation Circles, EE Circles, EECs and related marks and logos are service marks owned exclusively by Community Healing Network, Inc. EEC facilitators, trainers, and hosts are independent, and are not employees, agents, partners, or corporate affiliates of Community Healing Network, Inc. or the Association of Black Psychologists.


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