Activism through Coaching:
A Transformational Journey Towards Antiracism
As a transformational life coach, my role is to ask questions, inform, and empower. I create brave space for conversation about racism, personal transformation, and personal accountability. I disrupt limiting beliefs, empower deep self-knowledge, and challenge assumptions. The desired outcome? Barriers are broken. Potential is unveiled. Racism is dismantled.
I developed the Activism through Coaching model based on two fundamental questions:
- Should we continue to advance a system that encourages racism and division, or can we seek unity and change through conversation and personal transformation?
- The Cairo Question: Will my young grandson, Cairo, have to protest in his lifetime for the birthright to freely and peacefully exist in the skin in which he was born?
In my book, Cultivating Change from the Inside Out: The Power of Being Human, I share memoirs of watching dystopian films as a teen. Here’s an excerpt:
“In my youth I would often imagine who I would be if I were a character in a story, especially a dystopian one. For example, in the 1966 British film, Fahrenheit 451, based on Ray Bradbury’s novel of the same name, I am convinced that I would be one of the book people, residents of a readers’ colony outside the city, way past the river, where whole books are committed to memory for the sake of preserving literature as a part of the human experience. I would be there waiting for the day when a cultureless society would turn back to appreciate literature and I could help repair the brokenness. Or perhaps I would be the protagonist, Winston, in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four,who intuitively knows that something is dreadfully wrong in society.”
Here’s a riddle for you. What’s the connection between George Orwell and the Global Black Lives Matter movement? The answer just might surprise you. Let’s start with a glimpse into the history of enslavement as a trade.
Global History of Enslavement: War, Economic Domination, and Human Trafficking