ANCESTRAL HEALING is based on African-Centered Thought. It is the premise of nontraditional approaches to embrace African spiritual frameworks and paradigms to focus on family values and the African spiritual DNA that is encoded in the subconscious of Black people. It is an holistic approach to equip mental health professionals with healthy mental wellness programs in addition to the standard training of western designed mental health delivery systems and to provide healing that enhances mental disorder treatment plans for the Black population.
African indigenous beliefs provide an understanding of the cosmic, natural and spiritual connections to the African ancestors and how their messages are transgenerated from the DNA to the RNA to the heart, thereafter brain.
Ancestral healing is used to redirect the thought process and equip Black people with spiritual tools to restore their faith and reclaim identity and heal from shattered lives; a direct result of the chattel now mental enslavement era which replaced the African spiritual beliefs with systematically designed religious beliefs as outlined in the "slave bible" that led the enslaved African no option but to assimilate and embrace illusions, delusional identities, self-sabotaging behavior and poverty of thought beginning at birth.
African/Black studies academic departments, Black organizations aiming for justice and fair education across the board of socioeconomic balance continues to be challenged as currently depicted in Critical Race Theory.
The late renowned, psychiatrist, Francis Cress Welsing proposed in her “Theory of Color Confrontation” an opportunity to have a discussion and debate about racially motivated issues, but to no avail as with Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, when the western educational system is challenged it does not engage or embrace options to its stringent held beliefs. Welsing described these responses to inadequacy and maintained “...whites are vulnerable to their sense of numerical (genetic) inadequacy...this is viewed as a fundamental behavioral response of whites to their own minority status,” (Welsing, 1999).
Today, Welsing's point is well depicted as in the "1619 Project and Critical Race Theory." Whether this belief is considered or not, it does change the facts of history nor does it diminish Welsing’s work. For instance, dating back to Slavery Abolition in response to the Nat Turner Insurrection, THE SPEECH OF HENRY BERRY, (OF JEFFERSON,) during the Virginia Assembly of Legislatures in 1832, Berry said " Sir, we have, as far as possible closed every avenue by which light might enter their mind; we have only to go one step further—to extinguish their capacity to see the light, and our work would be completed; they (slaves-Blacks-Negroes) would then be reduced to the level of the beasts of the field, and we should be safe (This government document is listed as the Henry Berry Speech and is in our Download section below)
Ancestral Healing creates a Sankofa space to explore identity; a vital aspect of human functioning to understand the genetic/spiritual DNA blueprint of the individual's life purpose to build and improve the human condition, specifically throughout Black communities. This is why the Ancestral Healing Conference is in demand. IACT's goal and purpose is to provide a voice for the voiceless, understanding to the misunderstood, the breath of life for the living and the opportunity of choice to grow, heal and identify life purpose through continuing education based on African Centered Thought!
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.
"Education remains the key to economic...empowerment," Barbara Jordan
The 9th Ancestral Healing Conference at Evergreen Tacoma Campus