A Letter of Appreciation to Co-creators of Justice & Belonging

RE: Mental Health Awareness Month

Lucretia Berry  •  May 14, 2024 

Dear co-creators of justice and belonging,

First, I want you to know that I appreciate the seeds you are boldly and consistently sowing toward cultivating a more love-inspired community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

It’s been a journey, hasn’t it? The road of anti-racism work is one filled with twists, turns, and emotional roller coasters. But guess what? You’re not alone, and there’s something incredible waiting for you – something that acknowledges your struggles, validates your feelings, and guides you through with compassion and understanding.

Let me introduce you to The Mindful Anti-Racist, a course crafted by the brilliant Dr. Zinobia Bennefield. This course isn’t just another resource; it’s a sanctuary for your soul amidst the turbulence of activism. Dr. Bennefield’s approach is revolutionary because it centers around one crucial aspect often overlooked in the anti-racism space: your emotions! Yes, yours, no matter what they are or why they’re there.

The Mindful Anti-Racist Introduction by Dr. Zinobia Bennefield

The beauty of The Mindful Anti-Racist lies in its acknowledgment of the emotional, spiritual, and physical toll this work takes on us. Dr. Bennefield gets it because she’s been there, navigating the same rough waters. Through her course, she doesn’t just offer strategies for coping; she provides a space for you to embrace yourself fully and tenderly, guiding you through the murky waters of difficult emotions with grace and wisdom.

But don’t just take my word for it. Claudia Barnes, a participant in the course, shares her experience:

“Wow, amazing and I was so drawn into the content and Dr. Bennefield’s energy and expertise. She explores managing difficult (in many cases painful) emotions within the context of doing anti-racism work with a practical, down-to-earth approach.”

The timing couldn’t be more perfect for diving into The Mindful Anti-Racist. May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, a time when we shine a light on the importance of mental well-being. In a world where burnout is rampant and self-care often feels like a luxury, it’s crucial for us, as advocates for justice and belonging, to prioritize our mental health.

This month, as buildings across the US light up green in solidarity with mental health awareness, let’s also shine a light on our own well-being. Let’s recognize that caring for ourselves isn’t selfish; it’s a revolutionary act of self-love and preservation. And what better way to start than by enrolling in The Mindful Anti-Racist?

So, to all my co-creators out there, let’s embark on this journey of self-discovery and healing together. Let’s honor our emotions, nurture our spirits, and continue lighting the way forward with renewed strength and resilience. Because when we take care of ourselves, we become even more powerful agents of change in the world.

Peace, Hope & Love,

Lucretia Berry

P.S. Check out these excerpts from the The Mindful Anti-Racist heart work:

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Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD, is a distinguished author, educator, and speaker, as well as the visionary founder of Brownicity, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering education designed to inspire a culture of true belonging and justice for all. Lucretia is also a valued contributor to, sharing her insights and wisdom on topics of faith, resilience, and personal growth. Through her books, Teaching for Justice and Belonging – A Journey for Educators and Parents (2022), Hues of You – An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In (2022), and What LIES Between Us – Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing (2016), her impactful TED Talk, and her commitment to building just communities, Lucretia encourages meaningful engagement that transcends boundaries, fostering personal development, resilience, and the transformative capacity within each of us.