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Changing the Narrative With Nurturing Conversations Community Workshop

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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A workshop for the community. Approaches to Treating Trauma in Black Men with guest speaker Dr. Anderson J. Franklin, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Boston College.


We welcome all who want and need to share! Join us as we create a safe and sacred space for our Black/African American brothers to "tell it like it is''.  Be prepared for valuable dialogue on how we can change the narrative from one of defeat to celebrating the accurate representation of who Black/African American men are: Leaders, contributors,  and triumphant!

During the presentation, awareness and understanding of the toll systemic biases and racism towards Black men has on Black family life, community, and leadership will be provided. We will learn how the combined pressures of racism and prolonged high stress create turmoil in coping with such adversities. We will focus on the implications for mental health and treatment by public messages and images about Black men.

Most Black men are exposed to an indecent amount of racial discrimination, which erodes their economic security and psychological well-being. "John Henryisim" isn't just the result of high psychological stress, but rather the product of both high stress and prolonged high effort from coping with the turmoil of racism.

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  • 2 to 4 p.m.: Provider Workshop (2.0 cultural CEU hours are provided for health professionals FREE)
  • 5 to 7 p.m.: Community Workshop – bring 5 brothers at 5 p.m. (Safe space to be provided for Black men)

About the Speaker

The speaker for the workshop, Dr. Anderson Franklinis a long-time professor of psychology. Franklin joined Lynch School in 2007 and now serves as Honorable David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education of the Nelson Chair Roundtable regarding Networking Community Based Programs. While his current work focuses primarily on "Invisibility Syndrome" in Black males, Anderson also studies "Out of School Time and Care Workers" factors impacting child and youth Socio-Emotional development.

A.J. Franklin’s interest in the African-American experience—particularly for men—has led to varied and thorough research into the psychological wellbeing, resilience, and health of the black community, the impact of stereotypes, and more. His expertise spans gender and sexual orientation, social oppression, racism, and culture.


  • Hosted by the New Mexico Black Leadership Council (NMBLC)
  • Thank you to the New Mexico Bernalillo County Behavioural Health Initiatives, Behavioural Health Training, and Education Services Grant for supporting these workshops in our community.

Contact Information

New Mexico Black Leadership Council

(505) 407-6784


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