“If you want to go far, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”—African Proverb
In 2011, five years after it was founded, CHN, through the good offices of its Board member Dr. Wizdom Powell, reached out to the Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. (ABPsi). We asked for ABPsi’s help in ensuring that our signature initiative—the Emotional Emancipation Circle—would be psychologically sound, evidence informed, and culturally grounded.
Incoming ABPsi president Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills responded enthusiastically to our request, as did her predecessor Dr. Benson Cooke, and her successors Dr. Daryl Taasogle Rowe, Dr. Kevin Washington, Dr. Huberta Jackson Lowman, and Dr. Theopia Jackson. They have provided research, advice, counsel, and training to help us establish an international grassroots network of EECs and Dr. Grills has traveled the world as our lead EEC trainer.
Through ABPsi, CHN has established alliances with other Black psychological associations in the Caribbean, Ghana, Cuba, the United Kingdom, and South Africa.
CHN is also an active member of the Institute for the Black World’s Black Family Summit (IBW/BFS), an alliance of nearly 30 national and international Black organizations, and the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a coalition of mental health and other professionals, community advocates and faith leaders from across the country who have been meeting every other week since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to offer support to communities of color in times of natural and human-made disasters.