Join OO2L+H in our quest to cultivate the Warrior, Healer, and Builder within you!
We (Black Winston-Salem) need safe spaces to grieve our losses as we also learn how to turn those losses into sources of inspiration to invigorate the warrior, healer, and builder in us so that we can fight against oppression, heal from its wounds, and build with and for other Black people within our community.
Unfortunately, we (Black Winston-Salem) continue to be preyed upon in every conceivable area of life which forces us to become better warriors by finding and challenging the
that aggress upon our families, our people, and our community.
African people worldwide have been, and continue to be, wounded by white domination and other forms of oppression. Educational attainment, physical prowess, nor political position is sufficient which causes us to require a safe place to discover and heal from the brutal trauma that reverberates down the generational lines from our ancestors to us. No one can do this work for us.
While we fight and heal, we are also obligated to build. We must build:
We know it's a tall order. We know it's not fair. We often think we can't do it, but here's the good news... We did it before and these workshops are designed to help us do it again - in small steps, in sure steps, weaving trust out of conflict, confidence out of fear, and success out of ashes
PERSONAL & LEADERSHIP
DEVELOPMENT INTENSIVE FOR THE BLACK EXPERIENCE
Character is Power!
- Booker T. Washington
INVITE ONLY: $1,200 Black Leadership Scholarship
Applications are due no later than Feb 16th at Midnight
MEET THE FACILITATORS
Baba Wekesa O. Madzimoyo has years of experience facilitating this WHB journey with Africans and African Americans (and other people of color) from various walks of life. “Warriors, Healers, and Builders” is more than a title; it’s something that we learn to do and execute - with skill at personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.
After years of research and thousands of training sessions in communication, African and African American history, psychology, and education, and after years of clinical experience in the areas of personal and leadership development, AYA Educational Institute has learned that this WHB triangle provides the balance, depth, self-correction, and protection against oppression’s scripts that misdirect our thoughts, feelings, and actions away from creating authenticity and community among us and with other groups.
Some racist scripts that lead us to discount ourselves and defer to those of European descent and their culture are conscious yet are difficult to free ourselves from. Many others are unconscious and are alternately referred to by names such as “self-hate,” “stereotype threat,” “internalized oppression,” or “post-traumatic slave syndrome.” We call the presence and action of pro-racist thoughts, feelings, and behaviors among us: “injected oppression.” While we are responsible for healing ourselves, we’re not to blame ourselves - as if we wounded ourselves. We can’t heal ourselves and blame ourselves at the same time. This clarity is key to WHB’ssuccess at spurring and supporting a personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural journey to action.
Accordingly, “how-to’s” supersede “ought to's” in this training and journey to counter the injected psycho-social scripts and negative personal and family adaptations. The goal is to create personal communicative and behavioral habits that support policies and practices that foster healthy living among us and foster just working environments - even in contested spaces.
Oppression is at The Root:
The WHB Training Journey
Warrior-Healer-Builder (WHB) workshops, seminars, and toolsets are explored in a racially and culturally “safe place.” For more than 23 years, WHB has served the African and African-Diasporan communities. Many of us live and work in “contested” spaces, so we need safe spaces where exploring, discovering, and healing our wounds, born of oppression, can be supported.
We need places to reconsider Derrick Bell’s “The Permanence of Racism in America'' or Dr. King’s query about “whether he was integrating his people into a burning house.” We need safe places to agree or disagree without worrying about what the white people in the room may think or feel.
We need safe places to mourn when we discover that some of our delusions, emotions, or behaviors have hurt us and supported oppression. We need to be shielded from the fear that such exploration - let alone admission - will be used as evidence that “we’re our worst enemies.”
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS