Call to Mind

Spotlight on Black Trauma and Policing

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The death of George Floyd, a black man killed while being forcefully detained by a Minneapolis Police officer, has sparked peaceful demonstrations and destructive riots between protesters and police in the Twin Cities and across the country. Join MPR News host Angela Davis for a pre-recorded discussion with cultural trauma experts about the most recent high-profile incident to become an example of historic racial injustice. How does racial and cultural trauma affect black Americans and others? What are the needed supports and treatments to promote healing? How can a trauma-informed approach de-escalate interactions and help prevent future deadly incidents?

Angela will be joined by community leaders and cultural trauma experts including Resmaa Menakem, LICSW, cultural trauma expert and founder of Justice Leadership Solutions in Minneapolis, Justin Terrell, Executive Director of Minnesota Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage and Brittany Lewis, Founder and CEO of Research in Action.


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Thursday, June 4 at 4 p.m. ET through Tuesday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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This special is a recording of a virtual event held on June 3, 2020 and is produced by Call to Mind, American Public Media's initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Stations may air through June 30, 2020 unless a significant news event affects the context of the conversation.

Angela Davis, Host

Angela Davis is the host of MPR News with Angela Davis. Prior to launching a career in radio, she was a news anchor and reporter at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV, the CBS and ABC affiliates in Minneapolis/St.Paul. Angela has won five regional Emmy Awards for anchoring and covering breaking news. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She’s the mother of two teenagers and serves on the board of YWCA Minneapolis.

Dr. Brittany Lewis, Guest

Dr. Brittany Lewis is a well-respected community engaged qualitative scholar, thought leader, author, and national speaker known for bringing those most often locked out of local decision-making processes to the action research table for close to 10 years. Dr. Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Research in Action, an urban research, strategy, and engagement firm, and is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota. Formerly, Dr. Lewis was a Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank Scholar in Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College in Political Science and American Studies.

Dr. Lewis is the Principal Investigator of the Illusion of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis report and the Co-Principal Investigator on the recently published report entitled: The Diversity of Gentrification: Multiple Forms of Gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Dr. Lewis's research was used in a Minnesota Supreme Court case to expand rights for tenants facing evictions, as direct testimony at the Minnesota State Legislature, and to inform the human services and public safety impact agenda within Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis. Dr. Lewis has consulted with philanthropic partners such as the Pohlad and Graves Foundation who refer directly to Dr. Lewis's research as they develop their own scope of work and strategic plans of action.

Dr. Lewis serves on the Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Advisory Committee, the City of Minneapolis Housing Advisory Council, and the State of Minnesota Working Group on Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters. Dr. Lewis is the author of a number of state and city reports, featured in a series of academic journals, and has been honored with a number of research fellowships and a best paper award. Dr. Lewis's expertise has also been featured in documentaries such as the Jim Crow of the North (2019) and A Fiery Unrest: Why Plymouth Avenue Burned (2019).

Resmaa Menakem, Guest

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, has appeared on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence.

He has served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; as a domestic violence counselor for Wilder Foundation; as a certified Military and Family Life Consultant for the U.S. Armed Forces; as a trauma consultant for the Minneapolis Public Schools; and as a Cultural Somatics consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department.

As a Community Care Counselor, he managed the wellness and counseling services for civilians on fifty-three US military bases in Afghanistan.

Resmaa studied and trained at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, as well as with Dr. David Schnarch (author of the bestselling Passionate Marriage).

He currently teaches workshops on Cultural Somatics for audiences of African Americans, European Americans, and police officers. He is also a therapist in private practice.

Justin Terrell, Guest

Justin Terrell is a community advocate with a track record of leading successful issue campaigns. With an expertise in Criminal Justice and Democracy reform, Terrell has led campaigns to expand fair hiring and remove barriers to voting. Terrell is an accomplished trainer and has led political education locally, nationally and in Central Europe. Terrell has mobilized thousands across the State of Minnesota and has worked to develop community members as advocates, organizers and leaders.

In 2013, Justin led the campaign to move Target Corporation to remove barriers to employment for people with criminal records. The campaign concluded with Target Corporation adopting a Ban the Box policy and supporting a statewide Ban the Box law. For this work, Justin was awarded the 2014 Facing Race Ambassador Award from the Saint Paul Foundation.

As the Executive Director of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, Terrell has focused on expanding the capacity of the agency by increasing its budget, increasing staffing and increasing engagement from the community and legislators. Current efforts include building a statewide network of advocates and connecting constituents and lawmakers to policy efforts led by the African Heritage community.

Justin has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethel University with over ten years of experience working with youth and families in crisis. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership at Metro State University. Justin has over seven years of policy and advocacy work and has been trained/mentored by the founder of Black Organizing Leadership Development (B.O.L.D.), was a 2014 Great Lakes Consortium Fellow and served on the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Board (now the Office of Police Misconduct) for six years. Terrell lives in Richfield Minnesota with his wife and two young children. He is also a mentor of over ten years to a college student athlete

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