The Murder Of George Floyd, Black Maleness (Masculinity), And The “Dark Unknown Archetype” In Our Individual And Collective Consciousness
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On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020, the theme of this session is three-fold: (1) to explore deeper meaning(s) underlying George Floyd’s murder at individual and collective levels; (2) to provide perspectives about Black maleness (masculinity) as it relates to policing, so-called “authority figures” at personal and societal levels, and the imperative for restorative justice; and (3) to explore the role of the “Dark Unknown Archetype” and how it has been “misused” individually and collectively to influence how we “think” about ourselves and our worlds in our individual and collective Consciousness as human beings.
- Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Convener, 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)
- Rev./Dr. 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.
- Dr. Tony Vandermeer has a Master’s of Science in Community Economics from the Graduate School of Business at New Hampshire College, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. He is a Senior Lecturer in Africana Studies at UMass Boston. One of his significant researched works is titled “Spiritual Journeys: A Study of Ifa’/Orisa Practitioners in the United States Initiated in Nigeria.” He’s been a social justice activist over the past 40+ years, as well as a practitioner in the Yoruba belief system. He was initiated into Ife’ in Oyo, Nigeria under Dr. Wande Abimbola. In addition to receiving the title Akogun Awo Alaafin of Oyo, he was also given the post of Asoju Esin Ali Yoruba (representative or ambassador of Yoruba Religion and Culture) from the late Ooni (King) of Ile Ife,Oba Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II. He is a practicing Babalawo, serving members in the Greater Boston Community with their spiritual practice and development.
- Dr. Jemadari Kamara has a Ph.D. from University of Michigan. He is a former Dean at UMass Boston, is a former multi-time Chair of the University’s Africana Studies Department, is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the campus, and is also Founding Director of the Center for African, Caribbean and Community Development at the campus. In the academy, he previously taught at Brandeis University (1970s), served as Director of the William Monroe Trotter House at University of Michigan, Chair of the African and Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Michigan Flint (1980s), and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universite Nationale du Benin in Cotonou, Benin and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Universite Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Senegal. Beyond the academy, he also served as the Development Consultant for the Societe Africaine de Technologie Appropriee et Developpment (S.A.T.A.D.) in Cotonou, Benin. In the 1990s, he helped to found and continues to coordinate the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr./Amilcar Cabral Commemorative Program. Also, he collaborated in developing the Community Action Information Network (CAIN), which assisted community-based organizations in applying technology and data-based information to community-defined purposes for development. Additionally, he serves as an international coordinator for the Youth Education and Sports (YES) with Africa Program, which has served 3000+African youth. Among his numerous publications is State of the Race—Creating Our 21st Century, which won the Charshee McIntrye Award and was named the African Heritage Studies Association Outstanding Book of the year. He is also Editor of Socially Responsible Investment and Economic Development. Currently, he is editing The Interrogating Gaze: Resistance, Transformation and Decolonizing Praxis which will be published later this year.
- Jim Garrison, President, Ubiquity University
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