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10th Annual Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Conference

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Metropolitan State University St. Paul Campus, Founders Hall

700 East Seventh Street

St. Paul, MN 55106

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This year's theme is “Sankofa, Go back to the past and bring forward that which is useful.” The goal is to examine the past 10 years of efforts to prevent community trauma and possible strategies to build resilience and a future of healing. Since 2009, this conference has provided an opportunity for meaningful community engagement and access to national and local educators, and community practitioners to discuss and introduce practical culturally sensitive trauma informed initiatives leading to the improved health and wellness of African American men and their families. We realize that a stronger, thriving African American community improves the health of society as a whole.

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Andre L. Johnson is the President & CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project, an agency that provides a wide spectrum of support services to Detroit the community, with an aim of reducing recidivism and/or relapse. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Champions of Change Award from President Barack Obama.

Mr. Abdur Razzaq is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including mental health, diversity, racial equity, and social justice. He is set to release his first book "5 principles to healing black men and raising black boys" summer 2018.

Sam Simmons, AA, LADC is a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work focus on the African American males and their families. In 2016 he received the Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his work around the country.

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Faith and Community Healing

Historically, the Black church have been widely recognized as one of the most influential institutions in the Black community. Today, it is critical that the black church begin to take responsibility for their role in community healing.

Activism and Racial Healing

Activism has historically been a part of Black lives inspiring powerful acts of resistance and change. It is critical that the community realize role that activism has in addressing structural processes perpetuating racial injustice can be a precursor to community healing.

Healing and a Safe Community

Protective and safety factors such as personal social networks, and social relationships and services are weakened and destroyed as a result of community trauma. Today, it is critical to address trauma at the community level, as well as strategies to build resilience, safety and prevent future trauma.

A ‘Recipe’ for Developing Future Healthy Communities

It is important for communities to identify ways to promote resiliency and healing while emphasizing social and personal responsibility. It’s critical to bring all types of leadership to the table to identify key ingredients to develop healthy communities.

Additional information and conference updates are available at www.brothershealing.com. Thank You

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