“To be emotionally emancipated is to have the luxury of ordinary human problems, and to be free of the additional burdens and pains of being Black in an anti-Black world. I count it a great privilege to hear the many moving stories of how CHN and the EECs have changed people’s mindsets and transformed their lives.”
Enola G. Aird is an activist mother. A former corporate lawyer, Aird has worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, leading its violence prevention initiative and serving as acting director of its Black Community Crusade for Children; is a past chair of the Connecticut Commission on Children; and was a visiting scholar at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College and earned her law degree from Yale University. She was born in the Republic of Panama, of Caribbean heritage, and attributes much of her vision and passion for the movement for emotional emancipation to stories passed down in her family about her great-grandfather, Samuel Alleyne, a loyal follower of Marcus Garvey.