Activism through Coaching:

A Transformational Journey Towards Antiracism

ASK: Always Seek Knowledge and Learn from It

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:

  1. Should we continue to advance a system that encourages racism and division, or can we seek unity and change through conversation and personal transformation?
  2. 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?
young child reading a book
Will Cairo Have to Protest in His Lifetime?

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

Anita D Russell, Founder/CEO The Place to SOAR

Activism through Coaching | Author of Cultivating Change from the Inside Out: The Power of Being Human | Creating space for courageous conversation.