Welcome to CHN
Welcome to Community Healing Network. For those of you who are new, thanks for visiting. For those who have been with us on this journey for some time, thank you for your continued support. We are excited to be moving into a new phase of our work at this crucial moment in history.
For the Black community in the United States, these are turbulent times. The current political moment has brought to the surface a bolder, more public White supremacy and anti-Blackness that we haven’t experienced in decades. For those across the African Diaspora, structurally embedded anti-Black racism continues to rear its ugly head in a myriad of ways. With so many crises continually facing the global Black community, we urgently need to get to the root of anti-Black racism, and dismantle it from the inside out.
Over the past twelve years, CHN has created an infrastructure to mobilize Black people to heal from the trauma caused by anti-Black racism, and extinguish its root causes. With the help of Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills, representing our primary ally, the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), we have shared our resources for healing, especially our well-received Emotional Emancipation Circles, across the United States and the African Diaspora, from Cuba, to Trinidad and Tobago, to the United Kingdom, to South Africa, and beyond.
We are building the movement for emotional emancipation far and wide, so that all Black people, everywhere, can move beyond surviving to flourishing. Our commitment is to fearlessly confront what stands in our way, and to work together in love and respect, to break every barrier to our emotional emancipation and our complete freedom.
As the next crucial step in making our vision a reality, CHN is launching our biggest endeavor yet: our global Truth Campaign and Tour. The campaign’s initial focus is the emotional emancipation of Black children. We want our next generation to be raised on truth, and given the tools they need to reject the anti-Black narrative that surrounds them, so they can be healthy and create healthy families and communities.
In September 2018, the Truth Campaign and Tour will launch from CHN’s birthplace of New Haven, Connecticut. Together with our sisters and brothers at ABPsi, we will travel to key cities across the Diaspora, engaging with Black parents, teachers, and community leaders. In each city, we will invite people to take our pledge to “defy the lie” of Black inferiority that led to the dehumanization of people of African ancestry so many centuries ago, and that persists today. This lie states that we as Black people are not as intelligent, beautiful, capable, worthy, or valuable. We want our communities worldwide to “embrace the truth of Black humanity.”
In August of 2019, the Truth Campaign and Tour will arrive in Richmond, Virginia, where we will host our 2019 Valuing Black Lives Global Summit. There, in the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, we will mark the 400th anniversary of the first forced arrival of Africans in the United States, by issuing a Call to the African Union and the Diaspora to join the movement for emotional emancipation. From there, the Tour will travel to Accra, Ghana, in West Africa.
CHN’s aim since its inception has been to engage a critical mass of Black people on the journey toward complete freedom for Black people by 2019, so that by 2020, we as a people, worldwide, will see ourselves in a whole new light.
We invite you to join us.
|Enola G. Aird, Founder and President, CHN|