Self-Knowledge is the Elixir of Life

        Welcome to the SHE (Surviving, Healing and      Evolving)® website.  I am honored that you surfed to this site.  Now... let's get to work, because there is a very special person inside of you who wants to be free to do her thing!    Free yourself and let her.  We are going to love ourselves, so we can save ourselves and reach the very best of ourselves!   Much Love Sisters  (and Brothers),             Dr. Rhonda

                      "We don't see things as they are,                                               we see things as we are."       Anais Nin

 

"I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves.  We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't."  Audre Lorde, brilliant Black feminist writer

 

                      The Power of You

 

 

                                                                                             "I wish you power that equals your intelligence and

                                                           your strength.  I wish you success that equals your

talent and determination. And I wish you faith."

 

Dr. Betty Shabazz

Educator, Activist, and Wife of our 

"Black Shining Prince," Malcolm X

 

 

Too often the power Black women exude is denigrated and debased, but, really, who doesn't want to be powerful?  What intelligent person isn't trying to learn how to govern and discipline herself (or himself) enough to be able to tap into and harness her (or his) own intrinsic power?  The SHE project applauds the power of the Black woman's mind, body, spirit, and soul, because we could NEVER have survived as a people without the Black woman's mental and emotional strength, and without her intellectual firepower.  Sisters should not get slammed for being dynamic women of substance.  There is nothing incongruent with being feminine and strong.  (Study the beautiful, brilliant, and bold Ida B. Wells for an example.)

 

So, we are not about to allow something positive to be transformed into something negative because Black women possess it.*  Could Black people have survived slavery, Black Codes, convict lease, Jim Crow, crop lien, lynching, raping, police brutality, mob violence, and the destruction of Black towns and communities, as well as the insanity of today's continued racial problems, if the Black woman was silly, dim-witted, daffy, or weak?  Of course not!

 

No, at this site, we are concentrated on celebrating Black women's personal power, and helping her maximize and mobilize her brilliant potential to live the lives our foremothers envisioned for us -- happy, healthy, and whole.  We also want to encourage other people to understand the Black woman's historical importance and celebrate her.  Sisters have been maligned, defamed, and undermined so much in this society; so, we want you, Sister, to learn how to exercise self-compassion—as well as compassion toward other Black women.  We are also interested in the proper use of Black women's power in contemporary times.  Your personal power should be deployed to benefit you, your family, your community, your country (wherever you are in this world, Black woman) and the global community.

 

(*As an aside, how many times have we seen Black women's attributes denigrated until White women acquire the wherewiththall to display those very attributes, monetize them, and profit from them?  What should that tell us?) 

 

 

 

                                  Our Mission                   

 

 

 

The SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® Project is designed to be educational, enlightening, edifying, uplifting, therapeutic, embracing, nourishing, empowering, informative, compassionate, and healing for Black women (and men, because we all know that what affects Black women all over the world affects Black men and children -- as well as other human beings on the planet).  

 

Black women have survived unspeakable tragedies and horrors and yet remain a beautiful, elegant force of nature - often working in everyone else's best interest and neglecting to take care of our own needs.  Let this be your weekly stop for encouragement, good information, and good interaction.  

 

In the meantime, we will continue to put together all kinds of seminars, workshops, symposia, and conferences under the SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® banner.  

 

This website is also for others - men and women - who want to be uplifted and informed, too, for as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it:  "We are all caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny."  The more we know about each other, the better our capacity to respect, learn from, have compassion for, understand, and live with each other!

 

 

             SELF-LOVE   SELF-LOVE   SELF-LOVE                                               Find A Way To Practice It 

     Like water, Sisters, let this site be akin to an elixir:  

Drink it up!

 

 SISTER LOVE

 Means

Love and Support Yourself and Your Sister

 

"We know that we are beautiful," Langston Hughes

 

It is such a disgusting thing that this society tries to convince Black people that we are not worthy; and it is even more tragic that we continue to believe that noise, consciously or subconsciously.

"People generally see what they look for and only hear what they listen for."  Harper Lee

Exert your personal power properly, so

YOU

can thrive and be both healthy AND happy!

And This We Know To Be True:

 

"Black women have long recognized the special circumstances of our lives in the United States:  the commonalities that we share with all women as well as the bonds that connect us to the men of our race.  We have also realized that the interactive oppressions that circumscribe our lives provide a distinctive context for Black womanhood."       

 

Deborah L. King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College

 

 

 

The SHE website is sponsored by The Need To Know Group.  For more information, click on the "About Us" and the "About The Need To Know Group" tabs above. 

 

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Dr. Rhonda Sherrod:

 

 Surviving, Healing, and Evolving

 

will arrive soon!! 

 

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February

Quote of the Month

 

"If you control a man's thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions.  When you determine what a man shall think, you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do.  If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself.  If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door.  He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

The "Father of Black History" (1875-1950)

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Quote of the Week

February 1, 2021

 

"The bondage of the Negro brought captive from Africa is one of the greatest dramas in history, and the writer who merely sees in that ordeal something to approve or condemn fails to understand the evolution of the human race."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

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Quote of the Week

February 8, 2021

 

"The "educated Negroes" have the attitude of contempt toward their own people because in their own, as well as in their mixed schools, Negroes are taught to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin, and the Teuton, and to despise the African.  Of the hundreds of Negro high schools recently examined by an expert in the United States Bureau of Education, only 18 offer a course taking up the history of the Negro."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Author, The Miseducation of the Negro, Founder of Negro History Week (now Black History Month)

 

Quote of the Week

February 15, 2021

 

"What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Founder of the Journal of Negro History (1916) now the Journal of Black History

 

Quote of the Week

February 22, 2021

 

"The present system under the control of whites trains the Negro to be white and at the same time convinces him of the impropriety or the impossibility of his becoming white..."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Intellect and Educator Extraodinaire

 

January

Quote of the Month

 

New beginnings, y'all! Another year, another opportunity to become who we came here to be. Let's focus on discovering the tools and strategies we need to move forward.  Then, each and EVERY single day, let's try to use those strategies.  It might not be easy, but it will sure be worth it!"

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod

Soul Survivor

 

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Quote of the Week

January 4, 2021

 

“You are your best thing.” 

 

Toni Morrison,

Canonic award -winning author

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Quote of the Week

January 11, 2021

 

”I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

 

Fannie Lou Hamer,

Human rights activist


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Quote of the Week

January 18, 2021

 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Rev. Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr.,

Human rights

activist and martyr

 

"I am a woman -- gorgeously designed, brilliant, charming, mysterious, funny, bewitching, cool, and, most of all, uniquely purposed. I am my own phenomenal being, and I own and govern myself!"

 

 Dr. Rhonda Sherrod

QUOTE FOR THE SOUL:

 

"Dipped in Chocolate, Bronzed in Elegance, Enameled with Grace, Toasted with Beauty.

My Lord, She's a Black Woman." 

 

Dr. Yosef

Ben-Jochannan 

GET TO KNOW YOURSELF

BE TRUE TO YOURSELF

 

What makes you happy?

LOVE YOURSELF

BE AN ORIGINAL!

DO WHAT YOU CAME INTO THE WORLD TO DO.  

FIND YOUR PURPOSE, SO YOU CAN BE HAPPY!

 

 

 

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