The Emotional Emancipation Revolution
I try to live in a state of constant gratitude, and so I want to take a few moments to celebrate the promise of Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circles, the self-help support group process that is resonating with Black people all around the world.
As we come to the end of 2019, the year in which the United States observed the 400th anniversary of the first recorded forced arrival of Africans, and heard from the American Academy of Pediatrics that “toxic racial stress” is having a “devastating impact” on the health of our children, we are grateful to have developed EE Circles, a resource that is helping to heal that racial stress. And we are thankful to have been able to take that resource on the road through our 2018-2020 Global Truth Campaign and Tour.
At every stop, people have told us that we are on to something, that we have in fact found a way to help heal and end the trauma caused by the most powerful weapon ever formed against us as people of African ancestry: the centuries-old lie that everything Black is inferior. EE Circles are sparking a quiet, but urgently-needed internal revolution in the Black community.
As Gil Scott-Heron said, “the revolution will not be televised.” And sure enough, the EE Circle revolution is not being played out in public. It’s happening out of view, where it should, in the hearts, minds, and spirits of the growing number of people who have been introduced to the EE Circle’s principles, practices, and tools. It is happening as local leaders take on the challenge of serving as emotional emancipation advocates and activists, and EE Circle Trainers and Facilitators.
It is happening as increasing numbers of people respond to CHN’s call to join us on the journey toward emotional emancipation to “Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth to Flourish While Black.” It is happening as we create peaceful spaces for one another, where we can breathe deeply, share our stories, detoxify our minds and our spirits, ground ourselves in essential African values, and learn and practice crucial emotional wellness skills.
We are arming ourselves emotionally and psychologically to overcome the relentless challenges to our dignity and humanity. Step by step, we are escaping the narrative grounded in the lie of Black inferiority and written for us by others. We are writing our own narrative, driven by the truth of Black humanity.
Thank you to everyone who has joined us along the Truth Tour, and everyone who has reached out to ask us to stop in your city. Please be patient with us. We are scheduling new stops as fast as our resources allow. We are refining and strengthening our programs, developing a new online community, and intensifying our fundraising efforts to garner the resources equal to the magnitude of the problem we are solving. We are preparing to scale up, but, for now, CHN is still an all-volunteer organization.
Nevertheless, the revolution is live—and it is growing. Join us! Our children—and our ancestors—are waiting.
By Enola G. Aird, CHN Founder and President