Resmaa Menakem to Deliver Keynote Address at Statewide Conference

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP

Legal Services State Support is pleased to announce that Resmaa Menakem, author, international speaker, justice coach, and expert on conflict mediation and self-care, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Statewide Conference. Menakem is the author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, an examination of white body supremacy in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

In his keynote address for the legal services community, Menakem will discuss and define the theory of racialized trauma. He will share his insights on how historical, inter-generational, persistent institutional and personal inequities have impacted each of us and led to a decontextualized and internalized white body supremacy trauma we all carry in our bodies and unknowingly perpetuate in our culture. He will also present a break-out session on somatic-body practices and tools for confronting common historical and perpetual racial myths, including how our cultural experiences play out in our daily lives.

Menakem 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 the 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 U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. He currently teaches workshops on cultural somatics for a variety of audiences and is the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people improve their abilities to tap into their individual and communal resilience.

Stay-tuned for more information about this year’s conference, Addressing Disparity: A Way Forward, at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, Wednesday, October 23 to Friday, October 25, 2019. Registration will commence in early September.