Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling: A Framework to Address Racial Trauma in Africana Communities

  title={Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling: A Framework to Address Racial Trauma in Africana Communities},
  author={Nkechinyelum A. Chioneso and Carla D. Hunter and Robyn L. Gobin and Shard{\'e} McNeil Smith and Ruby Mendenhall and Helen A. Neville},
  journal={Journal of Black Psychology},
  pages={121 - 95}
Racial trauma, an ongoing consequence of historical trauma, has deleterious effects on the well-being of Africana communities. The psychological literature primarily reflects individual processes in the relationship between racial trauma and healing. Going beyond individualistic approaches, we present a community healing framework informed by multidisciplinary scholarship: Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling (C-HeARTS). Three major components of the framework are delineated… 

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