Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
This Tool Kit is for us—developed by and for people of African ancestry--to comfort and inspire us in these difficult times. It provides resources to help us take care of ourselves and each other, and strengthen our sense of community for the journey ahead.
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Essential reading for community healing
- Enola G. Aird, “Toward a Renaissance for the African-American Family: Confronting the Lie of Black Inferiority,” Emory Law Journal, 58 (2009): 7.
- Naim Akbar, Ph.D., Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery
- Dr. Maya Angelou, A Song Flung Up to Heaven
- Tom Burrell, Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority
- Dr. Joy DeGruy, Ph.D., Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing
- Donna L. Franklin, What’s Love Got To Do With It?: Understanding and Healing the Rift Between Black Men and Women
- Michelle Gourdine, M.D., Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African-American Wellness
- bell hooks, Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem
- Toni Morrison, Beloved and The Bluest Eye
- Alvin Poussaint, M.D., and Amy Alexander, Lay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African Americans
- Brenda Lane Richardson and Dr. Brenda Wade, What Mama Couldn’t Tell Us About Love: Healing the Emotional Legacy of Racism By Celebrating Our Light
- Terrie Williams, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
- Carter G. Woodson, The Miseducation of the Negro
What books would you add to the Community Healing Essential Reading List and why? Please tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Movies that start healing conversations
Akeelah and the Bee, directed by Doug Atchison
Antwone Fisher, directed by Denzel Washington
A Place of Our Own, a documentary by Stanley Nelson
A Soldier’s Story, directed by Norman Jewison
Beloved, directed by Jonathan Demme
Down in the Delta, directed by Maya Angelou
Pride, directed by Suni Gonera
The Great Debaters, directed by Denzel Washington
500 Years Later, directed by Owen Shahadah
Dark Girls, directed by Bill Dukes
Films by Janks Morton:
- Dear Daddy
- Guilty Until Proven Innocent
- We Need to Talk
- What Black Men Think
Here are a few questions that might help to start the conversation...
How do you see the lie of Black inferiority at work in the lives of the Black people in this movie?
What damage has it done to the men and women in the movie?
How did the lie get passed on to the people in the movie?
In what ways are the people in this movie like people you know? In what ways are they different?
In light of this movie, what steps do you think we can or should or must take as a people to overcome the lie of Black inferiority?
Sample of mayoral proclamation
SUPPORTING THE CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY HEALING DAYS
WHEREAS, in July 2008, the House of Representatives of the United States adopted a resolution acknowledging that “African-Americans continue to suffer from the complex interplay between slavery and Jim Crow—long after both systems were formally abolished–through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity,” and
WHEREAS, the House further acknowledged “the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow,” and apologized “to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors…”; and
WHEREAS, in June 2009, the Senate of the United States also adopted a resolution acknowledging that “African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow laws—long after both systems were formally abolished–through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty,” and
WHEREAS, the Senate further acknowledged “the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws,” and apologizing “to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors…”; and
WHEREAS, in September 2008, the Community Healing Network issued a Call to Healing and Renewal urging all Black people to recognize the continuing harm done by slavery and Jim Crow, especially through the creation and propagation of the myth of Black inferiority; and
WHEREAS, the Call to Healing and Renewal urged people everywhere to observe Community Healing Days, on the third weekend of every October, to celebrate healing for Black people and to focus on the work needed to overcome the myth of Black inferiority; and
WHEREAS, the United States House and Senate resolutions and the celebration of Community Healing Days promote the cause of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice; and
WHEREAS, [CITY/STATE] seeks to advance the cause of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice;
NOW, THEREFORE, I [NAME AND TITLE], do hereby proclaim the third weekend of every October, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as Community Healing Days, in [CITY/STATE].
Signed this [DATE] day of [MONTH], 20__