SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)®
SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)®


The Need To Know Group administers many programs as a vehicle for

addressing intrapersonal and interpersonal concerns that impact all of us as we navigate the garden of life -- skipping past the weeds so we can pick the beautiful flowers. One of our most powerful offerings is the SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)®, to which we dedicate this site.


In addition to the information you will find on this website, the SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® Project offers seminars, workshops, classes, book clubs, lectures, symposia, and conferences designed to upgrade the psychological and physical quality of Black women's lives, and to positively affect our overall well-being.  Our seminars, workshops, symposia, conferences, etcetera are usually open to all (female and male), just as everyone is invited to peruse our website!  Drink the site up!




                 More About The Need To Know Group

The Need To Know Group challenges you to be... the most AUTHENTIC, POWERFUL version of YOURSELF that you can be! Sometimes it is hard to have the courage to be the best version of ourselves.  It's worth a diligent and heartfelt try, though!

The Need To Know Group  is composed of consultants in the fields of education, mental health, medicine, law, sociology, history, literature, and technology, among other areas; and they are available to conduct workshops, seminars, symposia, and ongoing programming on a variety of topics that the consultants consider important to the social and psychological health of various communities.  Collectively and individually our consultants have tremendous experience, including working on many college campuses and in several workplace environments. We craft workshops on a variety of topics for a diverse range of corporate and community groups, and, among other things, we specialize in professional development training for educators who instruct African American students.


Using a battery of tools and a repertoire of techniques, The Need To Know Group  specializes in helping people view troubling social issues and personal problems within the context of a combined historical, sociological, political, psychological, legal, and economic analysis.  We probe both the interior and the exterior:  Why do we hold on to certain thought patterns and behaviors that we can recognize as negative and destructive?  What is the interplay between the powerful and omnipresent media and the individual’s ability to “think for himself or herself?”  On the other hand, who is allowed to participate in the production of knowledge – who are the producers and who are the consumers?  What are the costs and benefits of pervasive (and implicitly accepted) modes of thought?  Who (or what group) benefits and why?  Who (or what group) bears the costs?  How do we remediate without further oppression?


The Need To Know Group   exists to fill profound gaps in the marketplace of ideas – gaps that encourage people to be at odds with each other and that help generate internal, intrapsychic conflicts.  Led by Dr. Rhonda Sherrod, a lawyer, former college educator, and licensed psychologist, we provide highly informative programming that stimulates rigorous debate and challenges deeply rooted assumptions and fallacies that are often explicitly or implicitly reinforced by this society. 



             The Need To Know Company Philosophy

In our workshops and seminars, we strive to create a stimulating environment that supports self-governing thinkers.  Participants are strongly but gently encouraged to freely and comfortably articulate, express, and explore their thoughts and ideas, and to interrogate their established and internalized beliefs and operating values.  We want participants to critically examine and understand how specific concepts work at the global, national, local, and individual level and to investigate whether their modes of operation work towards their benefit or to their detriment.


The aim of The Need To Know Group  is to liberate minds, transform lives, help revolutionize societies, and promote the deconstruction and transgression of all artificial boundaries.  We want to help uproot, examine, and eradicate destructive thought patterns, vaguely defined theoretical frameworks, and maladaptive behaviors.  We seek to make sound information and knowledge accessible and irresistible to our participants.  Our quest is to engage each participant’s creativity, imagination, and intellectual firepower, as well as the essence of his or her spirit, and facilitate the participant’s movement on a trajectory toward a better understanding of self and interpersonal relationships, as well as of the complex sociopolitical dynamics that each of us has to navigate.






The Need To Know Group  was founded by Rhonda Sherrod, J.D.,Ph.D., who conceived SHE (Surviving, Healing and Evolving) as a mechanism for helping Black women heal.  Dr. Sherrod is a lawyer, clinical psychologist, and educator based in Chicago, Illinois and Birmingham, Alabama. 




The Need To Know Group website, which features a full bio on Dr. Rhonda Sherrod, and more info about The Need To know Group, can be accessed at:





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The BOOK by 

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod:


 Surviving, Healing, and Evolving


will arrive soon!! 




Quote of the Day

January 24, 2019


”Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”


Mary Oliver, 




Quote of the Day

January 23, 2019


“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”


Ida B. Wells,

World Class Journalist, and Human Rights/Writes Activist


Quote of the Day

January 22, 2019


"The best way to predict the future is to create it."


Abraham Lincoln,

16th President of the USA



Happy King Day!

(January 21, 2019)


Thank you Dr. King for a life well lived.

So much love for you!


"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle."


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human Rights Leader and Martyr 



Quote of the Day

January 14, 2019


"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."


Stoic Philosopher



Happy New Year!


Quote of the Day

(January 1, 2019)


“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.” 


Janelle Monae, singer, actress, model, songwriter, and producer



 Quote of the Week

(December 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019)


”It’s not about supplication, it’s about power.  It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding.  It’s not about convincing those who are in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” 


Kimberle Williams Crenshaw,

Brilliant Law Professor at Columbia University and UCLA


Quote of the Week

November 18, 2018


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


Fannie Lou Hamer,

Human rights activist



Quote of the Week

November 11, 2018


“You are your best thing.” 


Toni Morrison,

Canonic award -winning author


Quote of the Week

November 5, 2018


“Art hurts.  Art urges voyages-and it is easier to stay at home.”


Gwendolyn Brooks, 

Poet, educator, First African American to win a Pulitzer Prize



Quote of the Month

November, 2018


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”


Elbert Hubbard,

American writer & publisher



Quote of the Week

October 28, 2018


“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”


Joseph Campbell,

American author and educator



Quote of the Week

October 1, 2018


“We must do more to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault; confront and change insensitive attitudes wherever they persist; enhance training and education in the criminal justice system; and expand access to critical health, legal, and protection services for survivors.”  


Barack Obama, President of the United States (2009-2017) 


Quote of the Week

September 23, 2018


"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice, he is the worst."



(#Justice for Laquan McDonald)



Quote of the Week

September 16, 2018


"This nation cannot endure half democracy and half mobocracy, half civilized and half savage."


William Henry Lewis,

All American Harvard football player (1892-93) & first Black assistant Attorney General of the US


(For more on William H. Lewis, click the SHE for HIM tab above!)




Quote of the Month



"Whether you have a PhD or no D, we are in this bag together.  Whether you're from Morehouse or Nohouse, we're still in this bag together."


Fannie Lou Hamer,

brilliant activist and strategist




Quote of the Week

August 26, 2018


“Being a singer is a natural gift.  It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use.  I’m happy with that.”


Aretha Franklin,

The Queen

of Soul


(For more on the Queen, click on the SHESTORY tab above!)



Quote of the Week

August 19, 2018


“In the campaign debate, one of the things we talked about was his experience versus my inexperience.  I said, ‘I have a right to go up there and make a fool of myself.  I'll never know until I get up there.  If you're going to always judge people -- women, Blacks, Indians,  whatever-- against a white person who has had more advantages, more opportunities, and a quicker starting time, then we should never participate in anything.’”


Carrie Saxon Perry,

First Black woman mayor of a major U. S. city (Hartford, CT)





Quote of the Week

August 12, 2018


“If you don't have a lens that's been trained to look at how various forms of discrimination come together, you're unlikely to develop a set of policies that will be as inclusive as they need to be."


Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Professor, Columbia and UCLA Law Schools




Quote of the Week

August 5, 2018


"Never trust anyone who says they do not see color.  This means, to them, you are invisible."


Nayyirah Waheed, poet and author



Quote of the Week

June 10, 2018


"We are stars wrapped in skin, the light we are seeking has always been within."


Islamic mystic, poet, and scholar


Quote of the Month


"At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country.  Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg, or your brain, it's still an illness, and there should be no distinction."



Michelle Obama






Quote of the Week

April 1, 2018


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Rev. Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr.,

Human rights

activist and martyr



Quote of the Month


"She knew wonderful simples for ailments of body and soul, and bound up both in earthy ointments."

Lillian Smith





Quote of the Week 


March 24, 2018


"You're going to


struggle, so surround


yourself with people you




King T'Chaka to


King T'Challa


(For a Review of the Black Panther movie, click on the SHE Goes To The Movies tab above!)




Quote of the Month


March, 2018


"The Black Panther


Party was not a 


gang.  They grew


 out of a young


Black intelligensia on


college campuses."


Bobby Seale


 Co-founder of the


Black Panther Party






Quote of the Week


February 4, 2018


"Grab the broom of


anger, and drive off the


beast of fear."  


Zora Neale Hurston,

Author & Anthropologist




Quote of the Week

January 27, 2018


Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time.  If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday."  

Wilma Rudolph,

Olympic Goal Medalist




Quote of the Week

January 21, 2018


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

Mark Twain, 

Author and humorist



Quote of the Week

January 14 , 2018


"As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you the first time around."


Oprah Winfrey,

Media Mogul



Quote of the Week

January 7, 2018


"There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise."


Dr. W.E. B. DuBois

Scholar Extraordinaire



Quote of the Week

January 1, 2018


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



Quote of the Month

January, 2018


"Trust yourself.  Think for yourself.  Act for yourself. Speak for yourself.  Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.",

Marva Collins, 

Highly-esteemed teacher


"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



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

My Lord, She's a Black Woman." 


Dr. Yosef





What makes you happy?








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