This will be a working Summit to build the global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation--to help Black people overcome and overturn the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority: the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives. This Summit will engage attendees of the 45th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in a search for strategies to overturn the lies.

In order to deepen the deliberative process, panelists and attendees are invited to serve in three equally vital roles:

1. Summit Framers—to set the thematic framework for the small group deliberations to follow;

2. Summit Circle Facilitators/Rapporteurs—to shepherd the process of small group deliberations to capture themes and critical points, and to ensure that concrete ideas and strategies emerge from each deliberation; and

3. Summit Discussants—usually referred to as the attendees or audience in a typical conference, but, for this Summit, members of the audience are asked to work in Deliberative Circles and play the critical role of reaching consensus on key issues, and serving as co-creators of strategies to help us free ourselves and our children from the lies--once and for all.



Representative Karen Bass

Karen Bass represents California's 37th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives and is the Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee.


OUR Moderator

A.J. Robinson, Jr.

Founder and CEO of Symphonic Strategies, a full service research, training, and consulting firm that specializes in solving collective action challenges.

presenting organizations


Community Healing Network


Enola G. Aird

Founder and President of Community Healing Network, Inc., originator of the Valuing Black Lives Global Summit, Emotional Emancipation Circles, and other initiatives to help build the global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation.


The Association of Black Pyschologists

Dr. Kevin Washington

Licensed psychologist, President of The Association of Black Psychologists, Distinguished Visiting Professor in Counseling Psychology at Howard University, and has been a consultant for Essence Magazine and BET News.  




(In order of presentation)

Mireille Fanon-Mendes

Current member and former chair of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and chair of the Frantz Fanon Foundation.


Baba Wekesa O. Madzimoyo

Baba Wekesa is the Co-founder of AYA Educational Institute - which provides both adult and youth education (Middle and High School) that account for and provides solutions for the dynamics of oppression that have made our intra-personal, interpersonal and group communication toxic, riddled with conflict, and compromised by the need to compensate for perceived worthlessness.  




Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Former Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of History at Quinnipiac University is currently a fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard, and author of more than two dozen books including Africa's Resurgence: Domestic, Global and Diaspora Transformations.

Professor Devon Carbado

Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He has won numerous teaching awards, being twice elected as Professor of the Year and receiving the University's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Gisela Arandia Covarrubias

Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Philosophy, Havana, author, Afro-Descendant Population in Cuba Today. Expert Consultant --Afro themes for U.N. Doc., Member-Regional Network of Women of African Descent.


MP Helen Grant

Member of Parliament (Conservative Party) –was the first black woman to be elected as a Conservative MP. She first served in government as jointly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (from 2012 to 2015).


Louis-George Tin

Chair of Le CRAN (Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires/Representative Council of Black Associations), Associate Doctors of Arts and teacher at the University of Orleans.


Mitchell Esajas

Co-Founder/Chairman of New Urban Collective,  a network of students and young professionals with the mission to empower youth from diverse cultural backgrounds, and one of the leaders of the anti-Black Pete movement.


Simon Woolley

Co-Founder and Director of Operation Black Vote, the first comprehensive campaign to focus exclusively on the black and minority democratic deficit in the United Kingdom. 


Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills

Clinical and community psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, Past­ President, The Association of Black Psychologists, and one of the chief developers of the Emotional Emancipation Circle model.


Dr. Wade W. Nobles

Professor Emeritus in Africana Studies and Black Psychology at SFSU, Founding Member/Past President of The Association of Black Psychologists, and founding Executive Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture.


Dr. Ọmọwale Amulẹru-Marshall

Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine & Director of Community Health & Outreach at St. George’s University in Grenada, and President of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations.


Dr. Taasogle Daryl Rowe

Licensed psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University; Immediate Past-President of The Association of Black Psychologists; and one of the chief developers of the EEC model.


Rev. Dr. Frederick (Jerry) Streets

Former Chaplain of Yale University and adjunct faculty member of Yale Divinity School. He is a licensed clinical social worker and Senior Pastor of the Dixwell Avenue Church in New Haven, CT, the oldest African American Congregational Church in America.


Dr. Charisse L’Pree

Assistant Professor of Communications at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, researching the relationship between media and identity, and media’s effects on how people think.


Ambassador Adonia Ayebare

Senior Adviser Peace and Security at the African Union Permanent Observer Mission at The United Nations New York. He has also served as the Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Uganda to the United Nations.


Dr. Ikaweba Bunting 

Professor of Political Science and Sociology, is Deputy Secretary General of the Pan African Movement and the Organizing Committee of 8th Pan African Congress. Past coordinator for Institutional Development of the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation and Rapporteur General for the Burundi Peace Negotiations.


Aiesha Turman

Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girl Project, aimed at transforming the lives of Black women. Her research stresses Black motherhood and mediating historical trauma and grief, using cultural productions.


Erika Totten

Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter DMV, Founder and President of To Live Unchained, and Emotional Emancipation Circles facilitator.


 Dr. Ramona Hoage Edelin

Scholar and activist who has established cutting ­edge programs in education, community empowerment, and young adult leadership. She is also the author of We the Village: Achieving Our Collective Greatness Now.


Dr. Mischa Thompson

Focused on anti-discrimination issues in Europe and North America at the U.S. Helsinki Commission. Her work includes The Black European Summit and advancing the African Descent Affairs Act for the global empowerment and protection of the African diaspora.


Sil Lai Abrams

NABJ award­ winning writer, domestic violence activist, author of the book No More Drama: Nine Simple Steps to Transforming a Breakdown into a Breakthrough, and CEO of Truth in Reality, a media advocacy organization focused on changing the media representations of women of color.


Dr. Leon D. Caldwell

Counseling psychologist and member of The Association of Black Psychologists who currently serves as a senior research director at a Washington D.C. social innovation and research collaborative, facilitating strategic planning, evaluation, and capacity-building interventions.


Maurice Carney

An entrepreneur, human rights activist, media analyst and Co-­Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the Congo, working to advance their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity.


Dr. Benson G. Cooke

Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the Graduate Mental Health Counseling Program at The University of the District of Columbia, past National President of The Association of Black Psychologists, and author of two books including Personal Empowerment for People of Color.


Dr. Carrie Dixon

Licensed psychologist and former registered nurse, providing geriatric counseling, medicaid disability and forensic evaluations; and serving as Mid­ Western Representative of The Association of Black Psychologists.


Leonard G. Dunston, MSW

Convener of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century's Black Family Summit, and a Board Member; President Emeritus, National Association of Black Social Workers; and a Retired Commissioner, New York State Division for Youth.


Al Gentry

Founder and Managing Principal of Cornerstone Development, LLC, a mixed-use and mixed­ income real estate development and asset management company based in the Washington D.C. area; and member of the Board of Community Healing Network.


Dr. Kristee L. Haggins

Psychologist and Senior Associate on the Health Equity Team at the California Institute of Behavioral Health Solutions, serving as project manager on a range of projects to enhance health equity and improve cultural competency.


Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey

Psychologist and Chief Policy Consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions, overseeing licensing boards and analyzing legislation that impacts licensed professionals throughout California.



Davy Hay

A former mental health nurse and lecturer, co­-runs Pattigift Therapy, an African ­centered organization providing talking, creative arts and physical therapies, and training courses. 


Dr. Sharon D. Johnson

Writer and depth psychologist who utilizes, teaches, and lectures on African-origin phenomenological methods in her psychological, artistic, academic, and cultural work. 


Dr. Jennifer Jones

Licensed psychologist, member of ABPsi with research interests in the disproportionality of Black students being excluded from schools and the over-representation of Black youth in the justice system.


Jeanine Primm Jones

Licensed clinical social worker, artist and public speaker, former Director of an HIV Clinic in Boston, Relationship Health Counselor for the NBA Players Association, and teaching artist for troubled youth in New York City.


William Jahmal Miller, MHA

Deputy Director for the California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity. State’s lead advisor on issues related to reducing health and mental health disparities and achieving health equity for all Californians.


Rameri Reshkhi Moukam

Psychiatric and psychosocial nurse, psychotherapist, and Founder and Clinical Director of Pattigift Therapy, CIC, an African-centered counseling and therapy service in Birmingham, United Kingdom.


Charlene Phipps

Founder of iRead Book and Activities Klub, working with children and families to learn Black history. She is an active Community Healing Advocate and co­-facilitates an Emotional Emancipation Circle in Baltimore City.


Dr. Wizdom Powell

Associate Professor of Health Behavior at UNC­Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, member of the Community Healing Network Board of Directors, and former White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.


Annelle B. Primm, M.D., MPH

Community psychiatrist and Convener of the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a national network of health, mental health and faith leaders focused on facilitating culturally tailored responses to disasters.


Dr. Harriette Richard

The Southern Regional Representative for The Association Black Psychologists; and Associate Professor of Psychology at Johnson C. Smith University, with research interests in health, race, and pedagogy; and a Fulbright Scholar and Salzburg Fellow.


Jarvis Sams

National Chair of The Association of Black Psychologists Student Circle, adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, and third­-year doctoral student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology­­-Los Angeles.


Jill Marie Snyder

Corporate Executive, Board member CHN, author of Dear Mary, Dear Luther: A Courtship in Letters, a family memoir. Her journey to healing has included praying, journaling, mindfulness, and participating in Emotional Emancipation Circles.


Shelia Warren

Founder and facilitator of People Celebrating People, building relationships through healing circles.Creator of RestorativeListeningDialogue, building relationships among teachers, community, and parents through story-telling.