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“History is not about the past. It’s about the present!” Dr. El-Kati

June 15th - Day One

9 am to 4:30 pm

Whats Happening Brother - Unknown Artist

Resmaa Menakem, M.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma, highly conflicted couples therapy and domestic violence prevention. Resmaa is also the author of Rock the Boat, Using conflict to heal and deepen your relationship. He is a former radio talk-show host who has appeared on Oprah and Dr. Phil as an expert on domestic violence and couples in conflict. From 2011 to 2013, Resmaa was a community care counselor for civilian contractors in Afghanistan, managing the wellness and counseling services on fifty-three U.S. military bases. He has served as the director of counseling services for Tubman Family Alliance, a domestic violence treatment center, and as the behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis, MN.

Morning Workshops

Resmaa Menakem, M.S.W.
He will further discuss his trauma work and book.
Andre Koen
“We love black people, just wish they weren't so black”
Jasmine Boudah, M.Ed
“Mothering Through Pain and Suffering in Silence: A Collection of Stories that delves deeply into how the Black superwoman complex impacts parenting.” 
Donavan Bailey
“Kunta (Toby)? Holistic criminal justice reform and beyond…”
Sameerah Bilal-Roby, Executive Director and Nedra R. Robinson is the Early Childhood Specialist African American Babies Coalition, AABC Projects
Lee Buckley, MA, MN DOC "Strengthening Families Affected By Incarceration Collaborative: Outcomes Among Youth with Incarcerated Parents in Minnesota" Update

Afternoon Workshops

Kamyala Howard, MSW, LICSW & Chanelle Lynn Ellison
“Our Story, Our Truth, Our Road to Healing: A Narrative story of my Color of ACES & the Science behind it”
Kasim Abdur Razzaq, MS, LICSW
& Salma Hussein
“BLACK TRUAM: A Political-economic construct, unpacking the problem & formalizing solutions”
Ujamaa Place
“Working with African American males”
Curtis Marshall, MS
“From ACEs to healing: A Public Health Approach to Trauma”
Charisma Smith
“Race, Aces, Trauma & Sexuality”
Rashida Fisher, MS, LPCC, LADC
“Saving the Soul That Serves: Self-Care for the Prevention of Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Vicarious Trauma”

Sam Simmons is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, who has over 27-year experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families. He is currently SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership managing the Be More Project and the culturally-specific trauma informed curriculum Healing Generations that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and to address community violence. 

Sam is co-creator the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary”. He is respected for his African American historical trauma work around the country.

12th Annual Sons of Bransford Awards

The goal of the Sons Of Bransford or SOB Awards is to recognize African Americans men and women that have had a positive impact on the social conditions of the community and the lives of individuals through their quiet and not so quiet leadership. In the spirit of the award namesake Jim Bransford like him who are worthy of receiving their flowers while they can still smell them! 

5:30 p.m. at Metro State University, St. Paul Campus, Main Great Hall

June 16th - Day Two

9 am to 12:30 pm

Dr Delishia M Pittman is an Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology at George Washington University. She is trained as a generalist practitioner with clinical expertise in diagnosis, assessment, and intervention with dually diagnosed populations, the treatment of trauma and substance abuse/dependence histories, as well as working with African/African American populations. Additionally, her work focuses on areas of diversity (broadly defined) and cultural competence in clinical training and supervision.


Dr. Pittman is a behavioral scientist. Her research addresses social, psychological, and cultural determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in health behaviors and health outcomes among marginalized populations and communities. Dr Pittman is also associated with Portland Community College and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare as Counselor.

What will it take to develop a Cultural Context that leads to Healing? Panel

Curtis Marshall, MS
Dr Delishia M Pittman
Alex Merritt
Dr. Reba Peoples
Kasim Abdur Razzaq, MS, LICSW

“You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom.

All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.” — Malcolm X

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