We invite you to join us in a spirited conference of Awareness and Action this year to understand the "African Umbilical Connection to mental health based on African Centered Thought and the interactions of Political Discourse in Education." Our Saturday guest speakers include Mindy Thompson-Fullilove, Linda James Myers, E. Bruce Bynum, and T. Owens Moore, Joye Hardiman, Ashley McGirt, and Orisade Awodola, founder of IACT, the Ancestral Healing program and Root Psychology. Our Political Discourse Speakers, Executive Director of for the African American Affairs Commission of Washington state, Ed Prince and former 37th District State Representative, Dawn Mason will both speak on Sunday, November 14 followed by our Legendary VIP special guest Marsha Warfield.
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Orisade Awodola is a former clinical therapist, author, lecturer, Yoruba Priestess, and researcher. She is the founder of The Institute of African Centered Thought (IACT) in Seattle, Washington. For more than 25 years, Awodola facilitated Ancestral Healing Workshops at the Maudsley Institute of Psychiatry a faculty of London's King College with Chief Kola Abiola and the W.E.B. Dubois Cultural Center in Accra, Ghana. She served as the Director of the Turning Point Program at Hillcrest Children’s Center in the District of Columbia and Federal City Recovery Program where she specialized in Co-occurring Disorders with adults and families, while working with the Washington School of Psychiatry. Currently, she serves on the King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) and is the Racial Inequities subcommittee chair.
Edward Bruce Bynum is a clinical psychologist, master teacher and specializes in the treatment of health mental problems and helps people to cope with their mental illnesses. His specialization and medical specialty focuses on helping patients understand the causes of their mental health disorders. He has authored twelve books and co-authored books with T. Owens Moore on the "Melanin" process.
In his most recent book, The African Unconscious, 2nd Edition, Bynum explains how “The Indigenous African was erased from the teachings of history and the unfoldment of Human civilization.” Bynum points out that this study goes back 1.7 million years ago to East Africa where “Homo Erectus” first arose throughout all of Africa to 200,000 years ago and are descendant's of today's “Homo Sapiens Sapiens” and origins of Kemetic science and its influence in mental health.
Mindy Thompson-Fullilove is a social psychiatrist who explores the ties between environment and mental health. She and her colleagues at the Cities Research Group and the University of Orange, explored the consequences of social fracture on society and health to seek ways heal the fractured parts. Prior to joining the New School full-time in 2016, Fullilove taught at Columbia University and was a lecturer at Parsons, she has published numerous articles and six books about the impact of gentrification to include Root Shock, Main Street: How a City's Heart Connects Us All, From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence (with Hannah L. F. Cooper), Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place.
Dr. Joye Hardiman is a brilliant conceptualizer, scholar, author, an inspirational speaker, former executive director of Evergreen College Tacoma, and a gifted storyteller. She is a frequent keynote speaker, a sought after conference participant, and an accomplished institute designer.
She is a founding member and an International Executive Board Member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. As a Summer Fulbright Scholar she conducted extensive field research in Egypt, India, Ghana, Kenya, the Yucatan, and Trinidad on the African contribution to world civilization using literary and popular culture analysis as her methodology.
T. Owens Moore is trained as a Physiological Psychologist. He is a graduate of Lincoln University in PA, and he has an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Howard University. For more than twenty years, he has served as a college professor, a biomedical researcher, and an African-centered scholar/activist. He is a distinguished educator who appreciates interdisciplinary studies. He is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Clark Atlanta University. His specialty courses are both in the field of Neuroscience, Melanin, and African-Centered Psychology.
Linda James-Myers is an Emeritus Professor at The Ohio State University. She specializes in psychology and culture; moral and spiritual identity development; healing practices and psychotherapeutic processes; and, intersections of race, gender and class. Internationally known for her work in the development of a theory of Optimal Psychology that she has conducted lectures and trainings on in England, South Africa, Ghana and Jamaica. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and five books, including: Understanding an Afrocentric World View: Introduction to a Optimal Psychology; and, most recently, co-editor of Recentering Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice.
In honor of Dr. Maxine Mimms, IACT welcomes Marsha Warfield, our VIP guest, the outstanding, legendary actress, comedian and writer who has far exceeded her humble beginnings from the southside of Chicago and is forever popular for her role as the wisecracking bailiff on the long-running sitcom "Night Court." Marsha Warfield has been entertaining audiences for nearly four decades and we are honored that she joins us to celebrate Dr. Maxine Mimms, an Education Trailblazer. Please see the Ancestral Healing Conference Program for download on October 22, 2021. A Black Communities Mental Wellness and Education Collaborative in King and Pierce counties. Eventbrite link below for tickets. Hotel link has expired.
Dr. Maxine Mimms formally established the Evergreen College-Tacoma campus in 1982. Under her leadership, Dr. Mimms’s mission as Director of Evergreen-Tacoma, was to increase the number of African Americans to pursue academic degrees in higher education and certificates in vocational programs. She also founded the Maxine Mimms Academy, a non-profit organization in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood to serve youth expelled or suspended from public schools. Dr. Mimms became a national consultant in curriculum design and instructional methods. In 1990, she retired as Director of Evergreen-Tacoma and became an emeritus faculty member. In 2020, she was honored with the SCAD Award for Social Change and Development, just one of a myriad of prestige's awards she has received. Today Dr. Mimms at 93 years young, continues to inspire and motivate African Americans to pursue higher education, entrepreneurship and their dreams and goals.
Ashley McGirt, LCSW, specializes in "Racial Trauma" and transformational workshops. She is the founder of the WA Therapy Fund in Washington state which aims to provide valuable services to and reach and equip as many people possible with goals to achieve positive and healthy outcomes in their lives. Ashley's book is compelling in that she shares her personal story, reasons, passion and purpose that propelled her to create healthy mental wellness programs to help young African Americans in their emotional and mental healing processes to live balanced lives and reach their goals.
"Education remains the key to economic...empowerment," Barbara Jordan
Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga Facilitates Healing Circle at the MLK Center