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Healing America from White Body Supremacy: An Exploration of “My Grandmother’s Hands” by Resmaa Menakem

Jan 21, 2021


Healing America from White Body Supremacy: An Exploration of My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

Charter Oak Cultural Center, B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom and Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning present a six-week virtual discussion series on the book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.

On January 21, we will be discussing Chapter 3 and 4 with special guest on Melissa-Sue John, Ph.D.. Dr. John is a social psychologist by training and is currently employed as a lecturer at Gateway Community College, the Director of Education and Training at Thought Partner Solutions, Project Coordinator at Greater Hartford Harm Reduction, and is the CEO of Lauren Simone Publishing House. Dr. John earned her master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs and her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, City University of NY. Dr. John is passionate about her writing, teaching, DEI training, scholarship, mentorship, and publishing. Dr. John teaches Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Psychology of Addiction. Her research investigates broadly the effects of being categorized (e.g., ethnic minority, female, immigrant) on general attitudes (e.g., stereotyping) and behavior (e.g., hiring, promotion, voting, sentencing). Dr. John has several scholarly publications and awards including a grant from the Institution of Educational Sciences entitled Seeds of STEM: The Development of an innovative early childhood stem curriculum which is a project in collaboration with the Worcester Head Start Program which focuses on engineering curriculum for pre-K classrooms. Most recently, she has added actor, author, and publisher to her resume. She has been featured on Hallmark’s Broadcasting Christmas film, I love New York Summer Tourism commercial, 24 Kent commercial, and has co-authored 5 children’s books under the Olivia Lauren Book Series, namely Occupations A to Z, Guide to becoming an actor, Guides to Modes of Transportation, A Guide to the Things We Wear, and published over a dozen books written and illustrated by diverse children and adults.  When she is not working, she is spending quality time with her husband, Matthew John and her daughters, Alyssa Simone and Olivia Lauren.

DATES: Thursdays at 6:30pm
January 7, 14, 21, February 4, 18 and one more date TBA.

Via Zoom. To register, CLICK HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To order a copy of My Grandmother’s Hands, CLICK HERE.


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January 21
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Charter Oak Cultural Center
(860) 310-2580