Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. – James Baldwin

~2017 Call to Healing Summit ~
May 18, 2017 ~ 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m –
New Shiloh Baptist Church
2100 N Monroe St, Baltimore, MD 21217

“Kasserian Ingera?” (“How are the Children?”)
Among the most accomplished and fabled tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors fiercer or more intelligent than the mighty Maasai. It is perhaps surprising, then, to learn the traditional greeting that passed between Maasai warriors: “Kasserian Ingera.” It means, “And how are the children?” It is still the traditional greeting among the Maasai, acknowledging the high value that they always place on their children’s well-being. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer, “All the children are well.”

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A Call To Healing Summit: How Are The Children?
In the tradition of the Maasai warriors, picture a world where peace and safety prevail and the priorities of protecting the young and the powerless are in place. Please join the BMHA as we explore the trauma and psychological toll of racism on our children, the people and systems that nurture them and the communities in which they reside.

National and local thought leaders will guide us through this journey as we move closer to: “All the children are well!”

 

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Background

The Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation, Inc. (BMHA) has heard the cries of underserved communities over the years and has attempted to address those needs and make a difference. BMHA is committed to working to address the root causes and toxic levels of stress in the community which includes dealing with present and historical racial trauma.
BMHA has taken action to initiate the first step toward healing which is acknowledging the racial trauma and stress that we are under and work to understand how it affects our feelings, our thinking and our actions. In doing so, BMHA is inviting national thought leaders to share their research on historical race-based trauma.

 

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Patricia A. Newton, M.D., MPH, M.A.
(Nana Dr. Akosua Akyaa)

Dr. Patricia A. Newton, Psychiatrist, Behavioral Scientist, Healer, Author, Activist and the Executive Director and Medical Director of the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA). Dr. Newton is globally astute and is making a positive difference, especially as it relates to a most traumatized demographic in America: Black children. Dr. Newton is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and author on youth violence prevention, early sexual trauma of children and its implications as well as the health effects of human trafficking.

She has worked internationally with psychiatrists and other health care providers in the USA, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean, pioneering techniques for the chronic mentally ill and cultural competency relative to mental health delivery in HIV/AIDS. She is an Ashanti Royal having been enstooled as both a queen mother and female king (Divisional Chief) in Ghana, West Africa where she is known as “Nana Dr. Akosua Akyaa” with full rights and privileges that this esteemed position holds. Her clinical psychiatry focus involves anxiety disorders with special emphasis on PTSD, depression, chronic mental illness and transcultural psychiatry encompassing the interface of Western and Traditional African healing systems. She completed her medical school education at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) and her psychiatric training at the same institution. Newton also received her Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University Peabody College (Nashville, TN) and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD). She served on the academic faculty for over sixteen years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine while becoming the first female chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at Provident Hospital (Baltimore, MD).

Dr. Newton is currently in the process of a book launch entitled, “Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder” which will be published in three languages later this year (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

 

Watkins

D. Watkins is a brilliant young talent who transformed himself from a dealer on the streets of Baltimore to a college professor. He has emerged as a powerful new voice with a revelatory message that has captured the pain, trauma and tears of children and young Black men and women in Baltimore, Ferguson, Oakland, New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and wherever another young, innocent Black life is trampled upon or lost. On issues of racism, entrenched poverty, drugs, violence and neglected public schools that have devastated and traumatized millions of young Black Americans, he offers clear solutions on how to move our nation forward. His voice is one that we all need to hear.

D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Ford’s Men of Courage and a BME Fellowship. He is the author of “The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir” and “The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America.”

 

 

 

 

Panelists

Dr. Stacey Patton
Author, Assistant Professor at Morgan State University

Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead
Author, Associate Professor at Loyola University Maryland

Dr. Lisa Williams
Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for the Baltimore County Public School System

David C. Miller
Author, Founder of Dare to be King Project, LLC

Dr. Andre Bundley
Director of Alternative Option Programs and Schools at Baltimore City Public Schools

Larry C. Simmons
Project Manager for ReCast/B-CIITY, Maternal and Child Health, Baltimore City Health Department

 

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