August 13, 2020

“Healing can start by understanding the intersections of the pain.”

August 14, 2020

Whats Happening Brother - Unknown Artist
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We want to invite you to the upcoming 12th Annual Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Conference. In the face of COVID-19 the conference will be held virtually on August 13 & 14, 2020. The theme of the conference will be the “Intersections of Community Health”. The objective will be to take a deeper look at issues like racial trauma, domestic violence, healthcare, policing and their relationship to community health. The conference will also explore strategies that will lead to community empowerment and healing. We realize that a stronger, thriving African American community improves the health of the community and the society as a whole.

“A role model is one who is aware that the babies are watching and acts accordingly.”

"Opioids in the African American Community: Addressing Inequity"
Moderated by Randi Tolliver, PhD, CADC,
Master Trainer
“Community Safety: addressing the Intersections of Domestic Violence"
Moderated by
Artika Roller, Executive Director of Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Panel Moderator
"Youth Violence Prevention, recipe for healthy communities"
 Moderated by
Sasha Cotton, Senior Public Health Specialist/Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis
"Healing the African American community during and beyond COVID-19 and Police Brutality"
 Moderated by Reverend Aledria "Lee" Buckley

"Healing is a Journey: Understanding and Using Post Traumatic Grow"

Brandon Jones M.A. Psychotherapist and Professor at Metropolitan State University and Century College. 

He specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), historical and intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and youth justice. He lives by the motto of

“Live life with Purpose on Purpose”.

“The Intersection of Restorative Health Equity and Reparations”  

Curtis Marshall, MS, Public Health Strategist/Consultant

He works as a Public Health Strategist/ Consultant for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.  He has recently been reassigned as a COVID-19 regional community testing coordinator. He provides technical assistance, and health equity consultation to local health departments and national workgroups.

“Modern Abolitionism”

LaDonna Sanders Redmond, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Trainer & Coach

LaDonna is an activist that has worked on several initiatives that have created greater access for community residents. She leads an effort to build a natural foods co-op in a historically African American community. LaDonna is also a facilitator who believes that every community has the intellect to heal itself.

“Healing With A Knee On Black Necks”

Sam Simmons, LADC, Behavioral Consultant and Conference Co-creator

Sam has over 30-year experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families with a focus on addressing historical trauma. He is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community.

Why attend?

We realize that a stronger, thriving African American community improves the health of the community and the society as a whole.



Conference is open to men and women of all cultures working with the African American community or interested in the topic.

Healing Brothers




“The village that hides the truth cannot expect to heal but to pass on the pain.”

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