Multigenerational trauma caused by historical oppression has caused untold harm upon the psychological and emotional well-being of African Americans. Because of this, much attention and energy is detracted from efforts to promote social justice, community building and self-determination. Outlets such as media and government systems promote a distorted perception of self, alters cultural and behavioral norms, and truncate goals and aspirations. This then creates a societal mindset that not only does not understand the mechanisms of oppression, but tolerates the injustice within education, employment, housing, health care, law enforcement, land use, child welfare, transportation, and nearly all other aspects of life.
In regards to Black Professionals, there are few workplaces that have infrastructure to support the healing of black people. With the rise in visibility of violent acts upon black bodies, many are experiencing high levels of anxiety, depression and the adaptation of coping mechanisms that lead to deeper forms of burnout.
Emotional Emancipation Circles
The Emotional Emancipation Circles are designed by African persons for African persons in order to address emotional and psychological stress affecting persons of African ancestry who have been negatively impacted by experiences of racism, alienation, and isolation. EECs provide safe spaces for Black people to share their stories and feelings; deepen their understanding of the impact of historical forces and images on their emotional lives, relationships, and the well- being of Black communities; learn and practice essential emotional wellness skills; and learn to replace negative cognitions about inferiority with ones that are more affirming. In each EEC we cover a key to liberation and the methods to putting that key into action.
In the EEC’s participants will be exposed to:
• 7 Keys and corresponding Action Steps,
• 7 Ground Rules to govern behavior within the Circle, and
• 7 Cultural Principles and Values for Living that have empowered and guided African people for centuries.
The Keys, Ground Rules, and Principles are reviewed and reinforced at each EE Circle gathering and accompanied by an activity (usually focused on a particular key) and the development of mindfulness and other
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Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiatives
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