Black Male Wounded Healers: Overcoming by Word of Our Testimonies
A Spoken-Word Performance Written Composed, and Directed by Dr. Timothy Berry
Performed by Dr. Timothy Berry and Michael Berry
Set Design – Michael Berry
Paintings by Derrick Abner and Olivia Berry
Lighting and Sound Design by Josiah Berry
Due to systemic racism, Black males have been excluded from upward mobility, victimized by dehumanization, fallen prey to biased policing practices, and plagued by disparities in health and education. Such conditions have led to internalizing toxic race-based stress causing damage to the central nervous system in Black bodies. Yet, against all odds, Black men have creatively persisted and survived. Drawing upon an inspirational conceptual framework inspired by Tupac Shakur; imagery of roses growing through concrete, the purpose of this performance is to present an original script and original musical score to audiences that addresses historical trauma and creative resilience. Using grounded theory and the primary medium of storytelling related to the oral tradition of African and African American Griots, this spoken-word performance focuses on five historical periods that function as a chronology of Black males and racialized trauma: (1) Chattel Hands and Feet; (2) Reconstruction: My Sin is My Skin; (3) The Great Migration: Running for Our Lives; (4) Civil Rights Without Democracy; and, (5) Black Body Commodities and Wounded Healing. Using foundations of Critical Race Theory (CRT), experiential learning combined with music and text, this work expresses the ways in which Black males have suffered, transcended their own pain, and fostered healing through creativity. A post-performance discussion is offered for audience members to engage in reflection and critical discourse with the writer, and performers. Drawing upon experiential education models for reflection, this discussion aims to inform audiences about the wounded healing process by better understanding the history and connection between structural racism and body trauma. Ultimately, as a result of this performance, audience members can locate themselves within a structurally racist society; grapple with how complicit whiteness perpetuates suffering; and, contemplate how to engage in anti-racism work by uprooting White supremacy in their own bodies, leading to systemic transformation.
Optional Professional Development Session
Dr. Timothy Berry – Racial Equity Facilitator
Wounded Healers and The Road to Racial Justice: A Pathway for Systemic Transformation
This training engages participants in a comprehensive approach to learn about racialized trauma. Foundational to this professional development experience is a historical, theoretical, and cultural examination of racism. The conceptual framework introduced during this seminar includes: Critical Race Theory, Racial Literacy, and Participatory Action Research. Participants are encouraged to use Glenn Singleton’s protocol for Courageous Conversations About Race as a process to discuss critical race perspectives necessary for interrupting hierarchies of oppression. Participants will better understand psychological, physiological, and biological body trauma; the wounded healing process; and, how to explore and promote critical inquiry in order to begin organizational anti-racist practice and transformational racial justice initiatives.
Costs: email Dr. Berry to get the costs of the following options
Option 1 - Performance/Discussion Format (2 hours)
Option 2 - Performance 3-hour professional Development (4 hours)
Bookings: Contact Dr. Timothy Berry from the contact me page.
The Road to Racial Justice: A Pathway for Systemic Transformation
This seminar engages participants in a comprehensive approach to learn about the social constructs of race. Foundational to this professional development experience is a historical, theoretical, and cultural examination of racism and what it takes to be antiracist across industry such as healthcare, education, business, and law enforcement. The concepts and framework introduced during this day-long seminar includes: Critical Race Theory, Racial Literacy, and Participatory Action Research. Participants are introduced to Glenn Singleton’s protocol, Courageous Conversations About Race as a process to discuss critical race perspectives necessary for interrupting hierarchies of oppression. Additionally, the power of language is explored to promote critical inquiry in order to begin organizational antiracist policy-making, practice, and transformational racial justice initiatives. This seminar will enhance an individual's or organization’s ability to identify and address inequities in the work place or in communities.
Participants will learn the skills and language necessary to: