EMOTIONAL EMANCIPATION CIRCLESSM
Emotional Emancipation Circles (EECs)SM are self-help support groups in which we, Black people, work together to overcome, heal from, and overturn the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority: the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives.
EECs are safe spaces in which we:
1. Share our stories and our feelings, always respecting the humanity and dignity of each member of the Circle;
2. Deepen our understanding of the impact of historical forces on our emotional lives, our
relationships, and the well-being of our communities;
3. Free our minds and spirits from the lies, and heal from the historical and continuing trauma of racism;
4. Tell ourselves a new and empowering story about who we are as people of African ancestry;
5. Revitalize ourselves and our relationships with each other;
6. Learn and practice essential emotional wellness skills to help us be at our very best–as individuals and as a people; and
7. Develop strategies to extinguish the lies–once and for all.
EECs were originated by Community Healing Network, Inc. (CHN), and are the product of a
collaboration between CHN and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), and part of the global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation being spearheaded by CHN to help Black people overcome and overturn the lies.
CHN’s aim is to engage a critical mass of Black people in the movement for emotional emancipation by the year 2019, the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans at Jamestown colony, so that, by the year 2020, we as a people will begin to see ourselves in a whole new light.
Working together, CHN and ABPsi have planted seeds for EECs in cities across the United States, including Tuskegee, AL; Los Angeles, CA; Ferguson, MO; New York, NY; and Baltimore, MD; and in countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Cuba, and Ghana.
*Emotional Emancipation Circles, EE Circles, EECs and related marks and logos
are service marks owned exclusively and stewarded by Community Healing Network, Inc. Local
EEC facilitators, trainers, organizers, fundraiser, and/or hosts are independent, and are not employees, agents, partners, or corporate affiliates of Community Healing Network, Inc. or the Association of Black Psychologists.