Dr. Gail Christopher told me to GET OUT of a workplace that was causing me deep harm. She was one of the Black women, who when I told them what was going on with work, told me it wasn't worth it and that I should go. I attended one of Dr. Christopher's Rx Racial Healing Facilitators Training, and Dr. Christopher stayed after the session because she could tell I was in pain. And she was absolutely right - I should have left that workplace causing me harm. I'll never forget the kindness and care she extended to me.
Dr. Christopher's work embodies deep care. She works to disrupt bias and discrimination with authentic connection through her Rx Racial Healing model: https://buff.ly/3OpEKTy Her wisdom has informed a lot of my own work and approach - authentic relationship building is a portal to more equity and justice in our world.
I'm also inspired by how Dr. Christopher found freedom in her own work. Before the pandemic, she left the corporate world and created the Ntianu Center For Healing & Nature to be the physical place for her racial healing work https://buff.ly/3SsyVWo. Dr. Christopher found a way to do her work her way, in ways that were liberating and freeing to her and all the people she works with. I'm truly grateful I crossed her path.
This #BlackHistoryMonth, I'm celebrating 29 Black women who have influenced me through the ways they pursue their own liberation. Black women's work is often unrecognized and not cited, and this month I'm determined to pass out a few flowers to Black women.