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.

 

 

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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: www.theneedtoknow.com.

 

 

 

 

Latest News & Events 

 

   

EXCITING NEWS!!

 

The BOOK by 

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod:

 

 Surviving, Healing, and Evolving

 

will arrive soon!! 

 

        ___________________________

 

March

Quote of the Month

 

"In slave times, the Negro was kept subservient and submissive by the frequency and severity of the scourging, but, with freedom, a new system of intimidation came into vogue: the Negro was not only whipped and scourged; he was killed."

  

Ida B. Wells, 

Journalist, researcher,

Editor, Publisher, Public Intellectual,

Educator, Activist, Organizer, Suffragette, One of the founders of the NAACP the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Superstar

(1862-1931)

__________

 

Quote of the Week

March 30, 2021

 

"Those who commit the murders write the reports."

 

Ida B. Wells

__________

Quote of the Week

March 22, 2021

 

"It is extremely rough to follow through with my goals, but I felt a responsibility to show the world what the African Americans are facing through this rough patch."

 

Ida B. Wells

___________

Quote of the Week

March 15, 2021

 

"The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been avoided by the absolute suppression of the Negro vote, the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied and the butchery of Negroes should have ceased."

 

Ida B. Wells

__________

Quote of the Week

March 8, 2021

 

"I'd rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said."

 

Ida B. Wells

__________

Quote of the Week

March 1, 2021

 

"No nation, savage or civilized, save only the United States of America, has confessed its inability to portect its women save by hanging, shooting, and burning alleged offenders."

 

Ida B. Wells (on lynching)

__________

Quote of the

Month

February 1

 

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)

             __________

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

 

         _______________________
 

Quote of the Week

January 4, 2021

 

“You are your best thing.” 

 

Toni Morrison,

Canonic award -winning author

             ______________________

 

Quote of the Week

January 11, 2021

 

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

 

Fannie Lou Hamer,

Human rights activist


_____________________

 

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

 

 

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)

______________

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)

      _______________

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

 

         _______________________
 

Quote of the Week

January 4, 2021

 

“You are your best thing.” 

 

Toni Morrison,

Canonic award -winning author

             ______________________

 

Quote of the Week

January 11, 2021

 

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

 

Fannie Lou Hamer,

Human rights activist


_____________________

 

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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