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 www.communityhealingnet.org