Join Rev. Kelli X, Director of Racial Justice for Scarritt Bennett Center, and Rev. Dori Gorman, Chaplain for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, for a seven-session study of therapist Resmaa Menakem’s groundbreaking book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies at Scarritt Bennett Center. Facilitators will create a brave space, together and separate, for people of color and white people to understand how systemic racism and white supremacy inflict trauma on the human body and learn body practices designed to equip us to heal our bodies, cultivate community, and dismantle the system of white supremacy.
Dates: 9/11, 9/25, 10/2, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 12/4
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Scarritt Bennett Center
In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.
The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn’t just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.
My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.
Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy—how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system.
Offers a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods, in addition to incisive social commentary.
Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, is a leading voice in today’s conversation on racialized trauma and the creator of Cultural Somatics, which utilizes the body and its natural resilience as mechanisms for growth. As a therapist and the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions, a leadership consulting firm, Resmaa dedicates his expertise to coaching leaders through civil unrest, organizational change, and community building.