Addressing Trauma in the Community

This podcast features Brandon Jones (me) being interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio discussing trauma in the African-American community.

A Jegna is a person who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential, and whose life continues to have within it promise for and connection to the future. A Jegna is a person who deserves respect and honor and whose work it is to synthesize wisdom from life long experience and formulate this into a legacy for future generations. The word”Jegna”is a translation from the ancient kingdom of Abyssinian. In the African culture, Jegna is a title of distinction. Translated into English it means: hero, warrior, soldier, courage, strength and protection of our culture, land and people, and elder.

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Sam Simmons – African American Historical Trauma

We believe people are what they are taught by their positive and negative life experiences. Out of this may come rigid ways and views which don’t work as they once had. This may impact an individual’s ability to make the needed adjustments in their lives when needed. Not being able to make these adjustments can result in depression, anger, financial problems, alcohol or drug abuse, violence, relationship problems and failure.

Seeking help can be challenging. And you want someone that has good interpersonal skills, experience, knowledge, and, of course, compassion for the people he works with from all walks of life. We are commitment to helping organizations and individuals help themselves by supporting a way of thinking that leads to self awareness, healing and peace. We have the background and knowledge to help you or your organization succeed in making needed adjustments.

Our Historical Trauma Work

When discussing the ills and disparities within the African American community, such issues as violence, drugs, poverty, and emotional, physical, and spiritual health are often discussed. When systematic oppression isn’t being questioned as a barrier, community accountability and African-American men’s lack of accountability often comes to the forefront. African American’s traumatic history and African American men’s trauma is overlooked and/or called an excuse. When African American trauma is not addressed the cycle of pain can continue and the community suffers tenfold.

In 2008 we started our efforts to address increasing disparities confronting African Americans with a broad range of practical culturally sensitive trauma informed projects and strategies focused healing. We believe addressing historical trauma offers an alternative way of thinking about community building “from inside out” not just “the outside in”. It creates an environment for collaboration, wellness, sustainable change, “compassionate accountability” and community empowerment. We realize that a stronger, thriving African American community improves the health of the community and the society as a whole.