Resmaa Menakem - "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies" - Carol L. Adams

Event Presenter/Author: 
Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem discusses My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. He will be joined in conversation by Carol L. Adams.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police. My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

About the author: Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, has appeared on both the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence, and has served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services; as domestic violence counselor for Wilder Foundation; and as trauma consultant for the Minneapolis Public Schools. As a certified Military Family Life Consultant, he managed the wellness and counseling services on fifty-three US military bases during the war in Afghanistan. Resmaa studied and trained at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, as well as with Dr. David Schnarch, and Bessel van der Kolk, MD (author of the bestselling The Body Keeps the Score). He currently teaches workshops on psychological first aid and leads programs on healing from white supremacy for both African American and European-American audiences.

About the interlocutor: Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. is a sociologist whose varied career and diverse skills have combined to make her a social engineer of international reputation. Currently, Dr. Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, IL. She has held positions as the Chairman of the African American Studies Department at Loyola University, Director of the Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, and Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637