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Humanity Rising Day 204   –   Monday March 15, 2021

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Undoing Racism: Archetypal Energies, Race Relations, And Decolonizing The Anti-Black Racist Mind

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The theme of the session is “undoing racism” with a specific focus on anti-Black racism as it relates to the nature of our individual and collective Energy, Consciousness and “Unconsciousness.” Some ideas that will be explored come from Ferguson’s award-winning book,Evolving The Human Race Game: A Spiritual and Soul-Centered Perspective. While the intention is to provide a broad spiritual and soul-centered overview regarding how and where we are currently “stuck” in playing three human race-linked games in our search for Self, panelists will discuss more specifically how they have sought to address anti-Black racism through their work in the world to decolonize the anti-Black racist mind. One goal is to begin a dialogue about ways to evolve our individual and collective Consciousness in regard to minimizing the effects of anti-Black racism and to improving race relations in general.

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  • Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston College. He has been President or Co-President of the Association for Humanistic Psychology for many years, making history in 2006 as the first African American and first person of color to be President of this national Association since its founding in 1962 by world-renown psychologists in the field like Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers. He is a tenured Full Professor and former Dean at University of Massachusetts-Boston, currently serves as Human Services Program Director and Human Service Internship Coordinator, is a co-founder of two visionary organizations (Interculture, Inc. and Associates in Human Understanding), is a co-founder of Massachusetts’ historic Commonwealth Diversity Fellows Program, has been a clinical practitioner for over 35+ years, is a member of a number of boards, is a human relations, multicultural, and organizational development consultant, and workshop facilitator, is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and is a published author of books, articles, and other writings (e.g., Evolving The Human Race Game; A New Perspective on Race and Color; Transitions in Consciousness from an African American Perspective; and Innovative Approaches to Education and Community Service).  He also has received a number of awards for his scholarship and presentations at national and international conferences.

Panelists:

  • Yvette Modestin is a writer, poet, and activist from Colón, Panama. Her work has appeared in The Afro Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the US (2010), Antología de Poesía Colonense (2012), Rapsodia Antillana (2013), Afro-Latin@s in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas (2016), and elsewhere. Modestin is the Founder/Executive Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, MA, is the Diaspora Coordinator of the Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diaspora (RMAAD), an international network of Afro–Latin American women, is Commissioner of the National African Reparations Commission; and is Co-Founder of a Regional Council of People of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean.  Her poetry collection Nubian Butterfly: The Transformation of a Soulful Heart was published in 2019.  She has received national and international acclaim and awards for her anti-racism work (e.g., Drylongso Award by Community Change Inc.; Fundacion Bayano Award; named one the 100 Most Influential African Diaspora Leaders; named one the Top 5 Latina Activist by Wear Your Voice Media).
  • Dr. Joyce Hope Scott is Clinical Professor of African American Studies at Boston University, a former-Scholar of the Oxford Round Table and former Fulbright Senior Professor to Burkina Faso and the Republic of Bénin, West Africa.  She is Co-Founder/Co-Director of the International Network of Scholars and Activists for Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR) & President of the Boston Pan African Forum (BPAF); Invited Expert Consultant for the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for the implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution 43/1; organizer of “Restorative Justice and Societal Repair: Symposium on Global Racism and Reparations,” Boston University (2020); and principal organizer of the International Conference “Return to The Source: The Future of Reparations and Reparatory Justice for Enslavement of African People,” (2018) Porto-Novo, Republic of Bénin; and “African Fellow” at the Center for African, Caribbean and Community Development (UMass/Boston).  Prof. Hope Scott is recipient of many awards and recognitions and author of numerous publications including:  Journal of African American History. National and International Perspectives on Movements for Reparations. Vol. 103 Number ½. Special Issue (Guest Ed. with Nicola Frith, 2018); “Contentious Discourses: Signifying on the Law in African American Writing.” Journalism & Mass Communication Vol. 5 No. 4, (April 2015); “Subversive Language and the Carnivalesque in Toni Morrison’s Novels.” The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison.
  • Kevin C. Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of The New Democracy Coalition, a non-partisan and non-profit organization that focuses on civic engagement in Massachusetts and across the United States.  He also founded the Fanueil Hall Race and Reconciliation Project, which seeks to foster social justice through reckoning, repenting and human repair narratives.  As a Christian minister, he practices what is called public theology in the ethical traditions of Jesus, Ghandi, Ella Baker, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He studied philosophy and politics at Boston University and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He also served as a Senior Researcher at the William Monroe Trotter Institute in Boston, MA, a Pierce Fellow at the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and as a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Urban Studies Department in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Peterson has lectured across the U.S. and on the continent of Africa, including the countries of Mali, Senegal and Morocco.  Among numerous awards for his work, Peterson has received recognition citations by the U.S. Congress, the Governor of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives.  The Boston City Council declared February 26 as a day in his honor. He is the recipient of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts 2012 Molly Moon Award for his work on Statewide Redistricting, and has been recognized for the developing of youth programming such as The Democracy Lab and Votecorps. Among his other distinctions is the 2018 Martin Luther King Award and an Honorary Doctorate designation from the Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has appeared in the national media, including Nightline, Time Magazine and the New York Times.  Additionally, he writes a regular column on MEDIUM.COM on black politics and culture.

Co-Convener:

  • Jim Garrison, President, Ubiquity University

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