What You Can Do

What You Can Do

Let’s make this the decade for the emotional emancipation of Black people.
 



Here are suggestions of steps you can take to fulfill your pledge to Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth SM–before, during, and after Community Healing Days.

We welcome your feedback. Send your comments and suggestions for building the movement for emotional emancipation to info@communityhealingnet.org.

Join the movement. Make a personal commitment to work toward emotional emancipation, healing, and wellness for yourself, your family, and your community.

Wear Sky Blue during Community Healing Days, October 17, 18, and 19, 2014, to take a stand for emancipation from the lie of Black inferiority and to show your “determination to move beyond the pain of the blues to the sky blue of unlimited possibilities.” All you have to do is wear any item of clothing the color of the sky on a bright sunny day, and let everyone know that you are taking a stand for the emotional emancipation of Black people.

Help us make this the decade of emotional emancipation for Black people. Make plans now to celebrate Community Healing Days every year and invite your family and friends to put the celebration of Community Healing Days (on the third weekend of every October) on their calendars as well.

Treat yourself with special care during Community Healing Days. Make it a point to eat right (vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean proteins; eat less sugar and salt), exercise for at least 30 minutes each day, and make sure you are scheduled for your next medical check-up. Sign up for a course in relaxation, stress reduction, or meditation. Listen to music that calms, uplifts, and inspires you. Make a list of the good things about yourself and your life and take time to be grateful for each one. Make a list of positive affirmations (for example, “I am beautiful; I am capable; I am lovable; I am worthy of all good things; I can do great things) and set aside time each day to repeat these affirmations to yourself to get them into your spirit. Work on establishing at least one new habit to promote emotional healing and wellness for yourself and for your family.

Treat other Black people with special care on Community Healing Days. Share the spirit of Community Healing Days. Make it a point to smile. Compliment and say kind, encouraging words to every Black person you meet. Encourage them to take special care of themselves.

Read one or more articles or books from CHN’s List of Essential Reading for Community Healing.

Watch one or more of the movies on the Community Healing Movie Club list.

Encourage the civic groups, community-based organizations, and faith communities with which you are involved to celebrate Community Healing Days and join the movement for emotional emancipation. Urge them to put the issues of freedom from the lie of Black inferiority and community healing at the top of their agendas and to consult with CHN (at info@communityhealingnet.org) for suggestions on how to incorporate the principles of emotional emancipation into their work.

 

 

Be especially loving and attentive to your children. Tell them that you love them, that they are beautiful, lovable, capable, worthy of all good things, and destined for greatness. Tell each of your children what is special about him or her.

Give your children extra hugs.

Consider signing up for a parenting course to strengthen your positive parenting, stress and anger management, and family-building skills.

Work with all your children to develop lists of positive affirmations Make a list of the good things about each of your children and review the lists with them. Applaud them for their positive traits. Make a list of positive affirmations with each of your children (for example, “I am beautiful; I am capable; I am lovable; I am worthy of all good things; I can do great things) and encourage them to set aside time each day to repeat these affirmations to themselves.

Explain to your children why it’s so important for you as a family to celebrate Community Healing/Wear Sky Blue Days and work to overcome the lie of Black inferiority. For a brief explanation, please click here.

Put the issues of freedom from the lie of Black inferiority and community healing at the top of your organization’s agenda

Consult with CHN (at info@communityhealingnet.org) for suggestions on how you can incorporate the principles of emotional emancipation into your work.

Celebrate and promote the annual celebration of Community Healing/Wear Sky Blue Days

Urge all your members to Take the Pledge to Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth

Establish a Community Healing Book Club. Start with CHN’s List of Essential Reading for Community Healing.

Establish a Community Healing Movie Club or sponsor a Community Healing Movie Festival Check out CHN’s Tips on Starting a Community Healing Movie Club

Sponsor community healing teach-ins—convene panels of local physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals to discuss the emotional, mental, and physical health status of the Black community and steps that must be taken to promote emotional healing and wellness for Black people. Pay special attention to the effects of racism on the physical and mental health of Black people.

Work with local mental health professionals to establish and sustain neighborhood community healing circles. Terrie Williams’ book, Black Pain, pages 295-298, contains a simple and easy guide to starting a healing circle.

 

Sponsor community healing teach-ins—convene panels of local physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals to discuss the emotional, mental, and physical health status of the Black community and steps that must be taken to promote emotional healing and wellness for Black people. Pay special attention to the effects of racism on the physical and mental health of Black people.

Network with Black mental health professionals– to support grassroots community healing efforts with resources and referrals.

Help establish and provide ongoing support for a community healing circle in your city or town. Terrie Williams’ book, Black Pain, pages 295-298, contains a simple and easy guide to starting a healing circle.

 

 

Pray for emotional emancipation, healing, and wellness for Black people.

Hold special services focused on emotional and spiritual healing for Black people, especially during Community Healing Days.

Sponsor a Wear Sky Blue Community Healing Walka walk designed to bear witness to the need for emotional healing and renewal for Black people, to share the vision of making this the decade of emotional emancipation for Black people, and to talk with people about Community Healing Days, and the movement for emotional freedom for Black people. In preparation for the walk, get together with the members of your faith community to create hand-made posters with messages that raise awareness about the lie of Black inferiority and urge people to join the movement for emotional freedom. Here are a few suggestions of poster messages just to get you started: “Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth,” “Say Yes to Emancipation from the Lie of Black Inferiority;” “Say Yes to Emotional Freedom for Black People Everywhere!” “It’s time for Black people to be completely free—in body, mind, and spirit.” “Join the Movement for Emotional Emancipation for Black People.”

Establish a Community Healing Book Club.

Establish a Community Healing Movie Club.

Work with local mental health professionals to establish and sustain community healing circles. Terrie Williams’ book, Black Pain, pages 295-298, contains a simple and easy guide to starting a healing circle.

 

Text. Organize a text message campaign encouraging people to Take the Pledge to Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth and Wear Sky Blue during Community Healing Days to take a stand for emancipation from the lie of Black inferiority and to show their commitment to moving beyond the pain of the blues to the sky blue of unlimited possibilities.

Start a Community Healing Book Club and/or a Community Healing Movie Club or Sponsor a Community Healing Movie Festival.

Establish a community healing circle. Terrie M. Williams’ book, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, pages 295-298, contains a simple and easy guide to starting a healing circle.

 

Issue a proclamation in support of Community Healing Days. Click here for a sample mayoral proclamation.

Review policies and practices. Review government policies and practices to see if, and to what extent, they are influenced by and/or promote the lie of Black inferiority, and develop a comprehensive plan for remedial action.

 

Teach-ins. Organize lectures, film viewings, or book discussions on the lie of Black inferiority. Focus on Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell and on Hoodwinked, directed by Janks Morton.

Creative competitions. Sponsor art, music, writing, design, drawing and web-based material competitions that raise awareness of the continuing impact of the lie of Black inferiority and strategies for overcoming it with the winners’ works being published, printed, or otherwise widely distributed.

Libraries. Feature displays of books on CHN’s List of Essential Reading for Community Healing, before, during, and after, Community Healing Days 2012, October 19, 20, and 21.

Review policies and practices. Review your business policies and practices to see if, and to what extent, they are influenced by and/or promote the lie of Black inferiority, and then develop a comprehensive plan for remedial action.

Grants. Provide grant support to organizations working to overcome the lie of Black inferiority.

Special coverage. Run a feature story on the growing movement for emotional emancipation for Black people.

Commission Op-eds. Set aside a space during Community Healing Days to publish opinion pieces on the movement to overcome the lie of Black inferiority.

For background and suggestions, contact info@communityhealing.net.

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