When discussing the ills and disparities within the African-American community, such issues as violence, drugs, poverty, and emotional, physical, and spiritual health are often discussed. When systematic concerns aren’t being questioned as barriers, the personal accountability of men is brought to the forefront. In addition, African-American men’s trauma is typically dismissed and not addressed. When African American men suffer, (directly or indirectly) they pass their trauma on to the women and children in their lives thus the cycle of pain continues and the community suffers tenfold.
In this era of limited resources and increasing disparities in African American community this conference offers an alternative way of dealing with disparities by addressing the blind spots linked to historical trauma that acts as barriers to collaboration, leadership succession and sustainable change. Also provides an opportunity for meaningful engagement of clinicians, practitioners and the community to create an environment for wellness, leadership and “compassionate accountability”.
From day one of this conference provided an opportunity for meaningful community engagement and access to national as well as local educators, and community practitioners to discuss and introduce practical culturally sensitive trauma informed, outcome driven methods and services. The overall goal is to improve the health and wellness of African American men and their families, resulting in the larger community becoming healthier and safer. We realize that a stronger, thriving African American community improves the health of the community and the society as a whole.
This conference offers the African American community opportunity to explore and discuss an alternative way of thinking about community building “from inside out” versus “the outside in” by addressing intergenerational trauma and focusing on the healing.
Participants will learn about the link between the intergenerational trauma and the beliefs and behaviors that act as self-imposed barriers that the challenges the community’s present and future.
Participants will learn about and discuss current community based projects and strategies that promote “compassionate accountability” and healing.
Participants will have opportunity to celebrate community and individual successes.
"People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them."
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son