Radical Healing in the Black Community
It’s Juneteenth and today we are showing up a bit different.
By Latanya Hilton   |   June 19, 2020

Black folks across the country are “calling in black” and taking the day off as an opportunity to rest and reflect. Companies are making a historic statement and observing the day as a paid holiday.  Moves are being made to recognize the day as a Federal Holiday. Virtual Juneteenth festivals are poppin’, giving us to chance celebrate with communities from the Bay to DC to Atlanta. 

Around the Circle, we are here for all of it and as we commemorate the day, we are also dedicating ourselves to radical healing that can transform our communities.

Dr Natalye Pearson

Recently we welcomed licensed psychologist Dr. Natalye Pearson to facilitate a special Circle Session on Radical Healing in the Black Community. During the 90 minute session we explored the intersection of racism and trauma in the black community, surfacing three main questions:

  1. What is trauma?
  2. How does trauma intersect with racism?
  3. What steps can we take as a black community towards radical healing?

Participants shared personal stories and lit up the chat box, sharing what they love most about black people, questions for Dr. Pearson and their expressed needs for our community.  Jade-Olivia shared, “I love that Black people always know how to doctor up some food with the best seasoning combinations ever created!” while Ian said there was a “need to have more Black male therapists.”

We took a moment to honor these observations and our lived experiences, and discussed how we can begin to take daily steps towards radical healing. Some of the ideas shared included:

  • Investing in the safety and wellbeing of our black children
  • Recognizing the intergenerational transmission of resilience and strength
  • Learning from our elders and getting to know our lineage and ancestry more intimately
  • Practicing radical self care 
  • Scheduling rest
  • Learning how to say no
  • Talking to a therapist
  • Journaling
  • Setting healthy boundaries with loved ones 
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Breathing and being able to listen and be in silence 

These are just a sampling of the self-soothing techniques available to us each and everyday. Please feel free to forward and share this info with your Circle and if you would like to explore this topic more, please let us know and we will continue to create space.  

We understand there are many emotions swirling during this moment in time. We are in a movement that can span the emotional spectrum of exhausting to exhilarating so we encourage you to continue to fill your well and take radical care of yourself.  

We need us strong.