Dr. King’s Words, Community Healing Network’s Work

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“Somebody told a lie one day. They made everything Black, ugly and evil.”

Dr. King was right. That lie was devised more than six centuries ago to justify the Transatlantic trafficking and enslavement of African people, and the colonization and economic exploitation of the African continent. It established a false hierarchy of humanity in which whiteness is at the very top and blackness is at the very bottom. The lie essentially cast Black people out of the circle of humanity.

Community Healing Network is the only organization focused exclusively on mobilizing Global Africa to free ourselves from the poisonous lie of white superiority and black inferiority. We are building the global grassroots movement for freedom from the lie to reclaim our rightful place in the circle of humanity.

“Any movement for the Negro’s freedom that overlooks this necessity [of freedom from the lie] is only waiting to be buried.”

Our ancestors were forced into a form of subjugation that has been passed on to us through the continuing power of the lie. Unless we extinguish it, it will be passed on to our children and to our children’s children. Starting in the early 15th century, acting under their “Apostolic authority,” popes of the Roman Catholic Church established the template for this “perpetual” enslavement by granting to the kings of Portugal: “full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate” African and other territories, “and to reduce their persons into perpetual slavery.” The lie of white superiority and black inferiority was the instrument for making the subjugation of African people perpetual. The lie consigned African people to a degraded status—not just for the period of their enslavement, but in perpetuity. This explains why, all over the world today, Black people continue to be dehumanized. “As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. The Negro will only be free when he reaches down to the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation.” In all of its work, CHN seeks to carve out psychological, spiritual, and physical Black-only spaces for healing from the multigenerational damage caused by the lie. Our signature initiative, the Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle, originated by CHN and developed in collaboration with the Association of Black Psychologists, is a culturally-grounded self-help support group process for intra-racial communal healing. The EE Circle provides space for Black people to: 1) do the work necessary to write our own emotional emancipation proclamations and plans for healing from the lie; and 2) work together to develop strategies to rid the world of the lie– once and for all.

“As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. The Negro will only be free when he reaches down to the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation.”

In all of its work, CHN seeks to carve out psychological, spiritual, and physical Black-only spaces for healing from the multigenerational damage caused by the lie. Our signature initiative, the Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle, originated by CHN and developed in collaboration with the Association of Black Psychologists, is a culturally-grounded self-help support group process for intra-racial communal healing. The EE Circle provides space for Black people to: 1) do the work necessary to write our own emotional emancipation proclamations and plans for healing from the lie; and 2) work together to develop strategies to rid the world of the lie– once and for all.

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