Letters to the Black Community

Letters to the Black Community

by Eugena K Griffin

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Letters to the Black Community focuses on generational experiences of racial oppression within the Black Community and its development of the illness, internalized oppression.  Internalized oppression is a byproduct of the systemic structures of racism that negatively impact the Black psyche, communal energies, and overall interpersonal relationships within the Black community.  In Letters to the Black Community, Dr. Griffin discusses an array of ways the symptoms of internalized oppression manifest within the community, but she also offers general solutions to combat this maladaptive phenomenon.

The book is divided into four sections with letters directed to important groups within the Black community: The Collective, Black Men, Black Women, and Black Youth.  In each section, the letters address the symptomatic manifestation of internalized oppression within each group and offers remedies targeted specifically to them.  

 This book is relevant for all readers interested in thoughtful exploration of the maladaptive behaviors displayed within Black communities that hinder growth, communal energies, and healing from generational racial oppression.  It is my hope that we will become more conscious of our actions, spoken words, resume our communal spirit, and make positive changes where necessary.




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985160722
Publisher: Creating Change Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Series: no
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 821 KB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Eugena Griffin received a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in the field of General Psychology from Morgan State University (MSU) in 2001. During her tenure at MSU, Dr. Griffin began her interests in minority health research. Specifically, she began studying the effects of racism on physiological outcomes, including galvanic skin responses, heart rate, and blood pressure among Black college students. As a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2002, Dr. Griffin expanded her research interest and began studying coping typologies in response to racial stress among Black adults. In 2008, she received the Ph.D. degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from USC. In March 2008, Dr. Griffin founded a community based mentoring program titled, Project Triple E, which stands for "Educate, to Enlighten, to Empower." The project operated as a bi-monthly educational group geared towards assisting minority youth, ages 13-18 years in their college/career pursuits -- utilizing education, mentorship, and cultural activities. Project Triple E's objectives aid in facilitating the current Psychological Mentoring Group (started 2011) in which Dr. Griffin meets on a monthly base with undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate level degrees. The Psychological Mentoring Group guides students through the array of steps to enter graduate school, obtain funding, and successfully complete program of study. In August 2010, Dr. Griffin secured a position as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology via the City University of New York (CUNY) system. As of January 2015, she holds an Assistant Professor of Psychology position via CUNY, where she continues to provide instruction and mentorship to a diverse undergraduate student population. Dr. Griffin obtained licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of New York December, 2010. As a Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Griffin provides comprehensive assessment and psychotherapy to impoverished and disenfranchised children, adolescents, and adults presenting mild to severe mental health outcomes. Additionally, she continues to engage in community programming and minority health research as a means to further examine the racism-coping phenomena, in addition to developing interventions to counteract the maladaptive effects of racism in America. Dr. Griffin's overall objective is to use her training as an educator, clinician, researcher, and community programmer to educate, empower, and develop programs for underserved&disenfranchised communities in various cities and states. Thus, in addition to the above noted work, she has authored two books to date. Her first book, titled, "Letters to the Black Community" (2012) combines her minority health research and clinical intervention within the Black community. "Letters to the Black Community", aims to educate individuals about the multitude of ways in which internalized oppression affects the Black psyche. Not only does Dr. Griffin point out this dilemma, but she offers solutions to combat this phenomenon which is hoped to serve as a catalyst for Black community change. This book is also available via E-book format. The second book, "The Steps I Took" (2013), is a workbook for high school and college students. It provides detailed strategic planning to guide students in pursuit of their next level of academia regardless of academic and/or career interest.

Table of Contents



Introduction: Racism Today, 21st Century Manifestation



Why the Struggle Continues: A Psychological Perspective

From Nigger to What’s Up My Nigga

The Comedy Show

Economics: Why Those on Top Stay There

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Embrace Your Junior



Daddy Where Are You?

Young Man, Pants up!

Can A Brother Get A Break? 



Sister, Allow Your Child’s Father to Be There

Do You Know Her Experience?

You Are a Queen




Don’t Forget to Turn Around

Young Brother & Sister, I’m Proud of You



Understanding Our Greatness

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