Welcome to CHN

April 2019

Dear Friends:

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.

In October 2018, we launched our Global Truth Campaign and Tour–to sound the alarm about the need for healing in Black communities across the Diaspora, and to share our resources for healing.

We’ve traveled to Kingston, Jamaica and Los Angeles, California. We will continue on the Tour with our sisters and brothers at ABPsi, as we stop in Pasadena, California, Rochester, New York, Baltimore, Maryland, and other cities across the Diaspora, to share concrete skills to help Black children “Defy the Lie of Black Inferiority and 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 Emotional Emancipation 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. We will issue an Appeal to Africans on the Continent and in the Diaspora to make a decisive break away from the lie of Black inferiority and to put the matter of emotional emancipation at the top of the global African agenda. And we will chart a future free of the lie.

Tour stops in 2020 will include the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ghana.

CHN’s aim since its inception has been to engage a critical mass of Black people in the journey toward emotional emancipation—for complete freedom for people of African ancestry– by 2019, so that by 2020, we as a people, worldwide, will see ourselves in a whole new light.

Join us.

Sincerely,

Enola G. Aird, Founder and President,
CHN
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