Resmaa Menakem MSW, LICSW, S.E.P. is a therapist with decades of experience specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. He has also served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; 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 US military bases in Afghanistan. Resmaa currently teaches workshops on Cultural Somatics.
On November 16 at 7pm, join Resmaa Menakem at Eat My Words for a special reading of his new book, My Grandmother's Hands, the first self-discovery book to examine white body supremacy in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.
The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In My Grandmother's Hands, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.
"Sensitive and probing, this book from therapist Menakem delves into the complex effects of racism and white privilege." —Publisher's Weekly
"An exceptionally thought-provoking and important account that looks at race in a radical new way.”—Library Journal