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Resources for Healing Race-Based Trauma

Feb 01, 2021 08:30AM ● By Paul B. Chen



Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience by Sheila Wise Rowe

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing by Dr. Joy DeGruy

Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma by Dr. Gail Parker


Resmaa Menakem: Somatic Abolitionism, an interview by Tami Simon of Sounds True. []

Dr. Joy DeGruy: Post Traumatic Slave Disorder, a presentation given in London, 2008 []

Dr. Candice Nicole: Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma []


Free Racialized Trauma Course []

This five-day course, featuring five 15-minute videos, was developed by Resmaa Menakem. The Minnesota Spokesman Recorder quoted the author: “The video piece is my way of getting to people who aren’t able to sit down and read a 275-page book... [With this], people can begin to grapple with some of these pieces and affirm some of the things around them and maybe start on the journey on what to do to heal.”

To Close Our Eyes in Peace: A Guided Experience of Rest + Resilience for Black Women []

Atlantan Siha Collins, a trauma-informed yoga and meditation teacher, describes this course as “supporting Black women in the recovery from grief and trauma resulting from the experience of a global pandemic and continued exposure to the many forms of violence from the systems of institutional racism and sexism.” Note: The February class is closed; it is assumed there will be more offerings.


Racial Trauma, Resiliency and Ally Resources

This page offers links to resources for understanding and healing from racial trauma from the University of California San Marco.

This article is one of several in a special section entitled Healing the Trauma of Slavery. Go to the following page to see all of the articles in the special section. 
pConcept by Angelo Roland Execution by Paul Marquardt photo by Sonia Kapadia sculpture by Kwame Akoto-Bamfop

Healing the Trauma of Slavery – A Special Section

A four-article deep dive into the vast array of effects that African Americans suffer from to this day as a legacy of America's original sin; includes a look at the potential for healing. Read More » 


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