Theopia Jackson, Ph.D., ABPsi's 46th President
My Dear ABPsi Family,
I pray that this message finds each of you well, safe, and spirited. The threat of the COVID-19 has significantly impacted our society and way of life. However, in the wisdom of our Ancestors, we will go far together. My gratitude to both the National and Student Circle Boards, who continue to serve ABPsi as they contend with their personal and professional responsibilities. I also want to acknowledge our Managing Director, Marcus Williams, and the national office staff. They are working remotely in sustaining the business of the Association. Lastly, I want to commend Brother Yuma Tomes, the National Convention Chair, and the planning committee for their leadership, with a special shout out to the Detroit Chapter. Be advised that Brother Yuma will keep us posted regarding the planning for the convention, including any relevant changes. Please continue to monitor the eNewsletter/eBlast and website.
Our Collective Response
In the spirit of Ujima, we are launching a multimodal initiative: Culturally-Grounding and Supporting Our Communities During the COVID19 Pandemic. In collaboration with our partners and members, we will be sharing inspirational and informative statements, webinars, podcasts, as well as other communications. Additionally, we will highlight the efforts of our chapters and members. The intention is to keep us connected and informed; building upon our Afrikan wisdom and foundation. I invite you to partake accordingly and help to disseminate widely, including sharing your gifts and resources. Feel free to contact our GA chair, Tiesha Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition to accessing the plethora of virtual and on-the-ground community resources, as with any family, I do ask that we all take the time to reach out to other ABPsi & family members, particularly our Elders and students. This would include good old fashion phone calls, even letter writing or cards. If there is a need, please notify Tiesha (email@example.com).
In such a turbulent time, it is best to calm our bodies, spirits, and minds so that we can fully hear the 'feltness' of the Divine and our Ancestors, who will surely guide us through this threat. As long as we know who we belong to, we are not alone!
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
In the Spirit of Service,
Theopia Jackson, Ph.D
Association of Black Psychologists, Inc.