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Healing Circles

Safe Black Space Community Healing Circles are supportive and confidential gatherings that help stabilize Black communities experiencing racial crises. They provide an initial entry point for healing. Participants share their stories and feelings; deepen their understanding of the impact of historical forces and images on their lives; learn about and practice self-care and community care strategies; and identify local resources.

Safe Black Space Community Healing Circles are an outgrowth of and local adaptation of the Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma Tool Kit. Grounded in African principles of wellness, they are designed to address the immediate emotional and psychological stress and negative impact of experiences of racism, alienation, and isolation. They offer a type of “first response” healing circle after an immediate racial trauma, as well as support for racial microaggressions – the daily racial hassles we endure.

Why Safe Black Space Is Needed