January 2017 Valuing Black Lives Global Summit Communiqué and Call to Action

Dear Friends:

Happy New Year.

We are delighted to announce the release of the Valuing Black Lives Global Summit Communiqué and Call to Action, available for download here.

This a Call to the African Diaspora to change our narrative in order to change our trajectory.
Please review the Call and share it widely. And mark your calendars now to join us in May for the launch of our 2017 Global Action designed to bring the Diaspora closer together in this third year of the International Decade for People of African Descent.  

Thank you.


Enola Aird, Community Healing Network, Inc.
Cheryl Tawede Grills, The Association of Black Psychologists






Dr. Cheryl Grills and Enola Aird invite you to join this Emotional Emancipation Circle(SM)  WebEx meeting. You can join the meeting via computer by clicking the link below or by using the call in number and just join by phone at 1-650-479-3208 (call-in toll number in US and Canada).

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time: 7:30pm EST and 4:30 pm|  Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Duration: 1 hr

  • Meeting number (access code): 627 431 531
  • Meeting password: hWH5Ey6v


  • Overview of the global movement for emotional emancipation

  • The purpose of Emotional Emancipation Circles;

  • How are they different from traditional Healing Circles?;

  • Frequently Asked Questions;

  • Other questions; and   

  • How to get started

Join by phone: 1-650-479-3208

Click here for global call-in numbers.

When it's time, join meeting online by clicking here.

If you are having trouble joining the meeting, visit

NOTICE: Please note that this WebEx service allows audio and other information sent during the session to be recorded, which may be discoverable in a legal matter. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to being recorded, discuss your concerns with the host or do not join the session.



Blogpost from the Aspen Ideas Festival: CHN Founder and President, Enola Aird, on "How to Value Black Lives."

"I was born in Panama on a hot September evening in 1953. The nurses, all of them white, were astonished — not by my birth, but by the joy that filled my family when I entered this world. One nurse finally said to another, “Look, they love their children.”

My mom told this story often. It was, for her, a powerful example of the ways in which so many white people did not, in those days, see black people as fully human. Sad to say, what my mother saw then is still true today." Click here to read Aird's June 29, 2016, blogpost from the Aspen Ideas Festival in full.



CHN's RESPONSE TO: Bossip's Race Matters on Emotional Emancipation Circles(SM)

We are writing to clarify certain crucial points regarding the report" Emotional Emancipation Circles could help African American self-esteem issue," by KMTV's Nick Starling dated March 26, 2016.

The coverage mis-characterized Emotional Emancipation CircleSM (EEC) supporters Shelley Henderson and Larry Duncan's presentations. The use of the words "self-esteem" in the article is a flawed, incomplete summation of the aims of EECs. Proper acknowledgement of the Emotional Emancipation Circles service mark was neither made nor attributed to Community Healing Network, Inc.

Unfortunately, KMTV’s story and its errors were picked up by Bossip and distributed nationally.

To set the record straight:

  • Emotional Emancipation Circles (EECs) are not simply about building self-esteem. They are intergenerational, Black-only spaces in which Black people work together to heal from the historical and continuing trauma caused by the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority, the foundations of anti-Black racism, and the real reasons why, to so many people in the United States and around the world, Black lives simply do not matter as much as White lives.
  • EECs were originated by Community Healing Network, Inc. (CHN) as one of many strategies aimed at building the global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation to help Black people overcome and heal from the lies, and overturn them--once and for all. EECs are the product of a collaboration between CHN and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi).
  • EECs are not just local. They are global. Working together, CHN and ABPsi have planted seeds for EECs in nearly 20 cities in the United States, including Ferguson and Baltimore, and, abroad, including the United Kingdom, Cuba, and Ghana.

We look forward to working in collaboration with CHN and ABPsi to help build the movement for emotional emancipation in Omaha.

For more information, please visit


Read Community Healing Network's and The Association of Black Psychologists' Submission to the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent


Read Community Healing Network's and The Association of Black Psychologists' Submission to the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

As a follow-up to the 2015 Valuing Black Lives Global Emotional Emancipation Summit, Community Healing Network, in collaboration with The Association of Black Psychologists, has written to the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent to urge that it "to put at the top of its agenda the question of how Black people across the African Diaspora can overcome the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority." Read CHN's Submission here.