In his follow up to the New York Times bestseller My Grandmother's Hands, therapist Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America and offers a step-by-step solution--a healing process--in addition to incisive social commentary.
Our Grandchildren's Souls guides readers through a process of somatic abolitionism, an anti-racist philosophy and set of embodied practices for individual and collective healing from racialized trauma. Using the same key principles as My Grandmother's Hands, Menakem explores deeper insights that white-body supremacy has the essential characteristics of a virus. The trauma virus is generational and passed down from parent to child to grandchild and affects almost every American. It has been us, literally in our cells, for centuries.
Our Grandchildren's Souls provides a step-by-step program of somatic (body-centered) activities to create a set of mental and emotional practices toward a positive vision of the future. It reminds us of the consequences for our descendants' souls if we do not work, separately and collectively, to build immunity to the trauma virus. Somatic Abolitionism is an emphatic assertion that we have the power to reduce the impact of racialized trauma one human being, and one generation, at a time.
About the Author
Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, is a New York Times bestselling author and visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist, and master trainer. Resmaa is a leading voice in today's conversation on racialized trauma. As described by On Being with Krista Tippett, Resmaa "activates the wisdom of ancestors and a very new science, about how all of us carry the history and traumas behind everything we collapse into the word 'race' in our bodies. He illuminates why all of the best laws and diversity training have not gotten us anywhere near healing." Resmaa created Cultural Somatics, which utilizes the body and resilience as mechanisms for growth.As a therapist, trauma specialist, and the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions, a leadership consultancy firm, Resmaa Menakem dedicates his expertise to coaching leaders through civil unrest, organizational change, and community building.