“There's no magical return. We're not all going to return to an unblemished time in history, and if we know that...what do we have to do? Who needs to have conversation with whom? Who needs to heal what relationship? Who needs to ask for what permission? Who needs to offer something back?”
They talk about the centrality of care, the importance of taking risks and making mistakes, and what it means to invest in Black leadership in this moment. This interview has been edited and condensed.
Prentis Hemphill knows that any successful social justice movement must focus on healing its proponents — and as a seasoned organizer and trained therapist, they also know that the best healing practices don’t always look like mainstream psychotherapy.
Right now, those of us most vulnerable and least protected are under attack and whole communities―Black, Muslim, disabled, queer, trans, and women-identified folks are being targeted in the streets and in legislative halls.