What is a Safe Black Space Community Healing Circle?
They are a place where as Maya Angelou put it Black people can “take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.” Safe Black Space Community Healing Circles are spaces intentionally created by and for Black people to share their stories and feelings; deepen their understanding of the adverse impact of historical forces and images on their lives; learn and practice self-care and community care, and identify local resources; all in a safe environment with other people of African ancestry.
Who participates in a Safe Black Space Community Healing Circle?
Anyone who identifies as being Black and is of African ancestry and who has experienced race-based trauma and anxiety. The circles are currently designed for adults or youth over 14 years old.
How often and where are Safe Black Space Community Healing Circles held?
These supportive healing circles are held monthly at designated locations throughout the city. They are held in public venues that can accommodate 50 or 60 people at a time - such as community centers, churches, schools and auditoriums.
What happens in a Safe Black Space Community Healing Circle?
During the 3-hour Circle, participants re-create the sense of a village or family to explore feelings, deepen understanding of racial trauma and aggression on our lives and learn how to heal and practice self-care. Short videos, small group discussions, drumming, music, affirmations and other components provide a sacred, cultural healing experience, where you get to just be you.
What are the expectations of the participants at a Safe Black Space Community Healing Circle?
Participants expected to share their stories, listen to other people’s stories and awaken to the real personal power of being black.
What is the cost for attending a Safe Black Space Community Healing Circle?
There is no cost to attend. However, financial donations of any amount are welcome.
What are the outcomes one can expect from attending a Safe Black Space Community Healing Circle?
Outcomes include an increased understanding of the historical trauma of racism, awareness of how to practice self-care in times of crisis; and a renewed sense of community.
Can I host a Safe Black Space Community Healing Circle for my organization/group?
Yes! We are looking for sites to host healing circles. Submit a request through our website here.