HR!Day366-1 - lconography of Black Manhood As It Relates To Transitions in Individual and Collective Consciousness

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This Week: The Masculine Dialogues






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What is iconography? It is the visual images we acquire and use and our interpretation of these.  Basically, any visual depiction that is used to convey cultural, or historical or symbolic meaning represents an example of iconography.  In essence, it refers to the messages that we get from images, objects, events, and circumstances that we are exposed to in our individual and collective life spaces.  We simultaneously live in three life spaces—a personal life space, a societal life space, and a global life space--and it is in these contexts that iconographic messages about Black manhood are encountered by Black men and women.

The intent of this session, therefore, is to have a dialogue between Black men and women about some of the messages about Black manhood that we have encountered in our three life spaces. Through the lens of our individual and collective transitions in consciousness, some of the sources of these iconographic messages about Black manhood may come from history, family & friends, ancestors, ethnic or race-linked childhood direct experiences, societal role models, global pan-African role models, specific neighborhoods or communities, churches, various image-making media (T.V., movies, radio, social media platforms, books), and the like. Each panelist, therefore, will offer their perspective in dialogue about the iconography of Black manhood and where or how they were encountered.  Regardless of race, however, it can be argued that all people on the planet encounter and internalize, to some extent, various iconographic messages about Black manhood in their own unique ways--accepting, modifying, or rejecting them as they get screened into their conscious minds in their three life spaces.


  • 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.


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Ronald Marlow is currently the Director of Workforce Development and Alternative Development for Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.  He has a wealth of experience, prior to his current position as Vice President for Workforce Development for the National Urban League in New York. Marlow has held numerous senior leadership roles, including for example, leadership roles with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, MassHousing, the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance as Assistant Secretary for Access & Opportunity, Undersecretary for Workforce Development with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He received a Masters in Science, Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University.  He has a career that spans both the public and not-for-profit sectors. In addition to the roles already mentioned, he has also served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, Director of the Development Cabinet in the Executive Office of the Governor, and Chief of Operating Officer at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.  Committed to community service, Marlow has served on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, the Center for Women Enterprise, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, the Massachusetts Community Finance Corporation, and others.  Marlow has received a number of awards for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments (e.g., “Keeper of the Flame” award; Small Business Administration’s Minority Business Champion award).
  • 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.
  • Diamond Holis is a conscientious activist and student-athlete who recently graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fresno Pacific University. While in school, she participated in NCAA Division II Volleyball, The Athletes of Color Alliance, Black Student Union, and environmental clubs. Before FPU, she attended Notre Dame De Namur University where she founded the Independent Student and Ally Club, creating a safe space for students without family support or friends to learn basic skills such as credit management and filing taxes. She is currently considering how far to take her athletic career while she is studying for the LSAT exam in order to attend Law School.


  • Jim Garrison, President, Ubiquity University


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