Adrienne Fikes joined us to discuss reframing the slavery narrative in a way that enables the descendants of enslaved people, and their enslavers, to gather together in a manner that encourages dialogue and taking early steps towards reconciliation.
She also addressed the systemic issues that continue to haunt African Americans’ lived experience in the U.S., as well as white Americans’ beliefs about our respective historical pasts. Chattel slavery in the United States is a history of difficult truths, cruelty, and racial injustice. It’s a subject we covered in S04 E01: Getting Your Mind & Spirit Right: Prep for Enslaved Research.
The subject is so charged that the U.S. has never been able to have an informed, honest, and transparent conversation about slavery. Added to this dynamic is a lack of any underlying framework to discuss it – or an agreed-upon language framework to engage in this painful history.
In the words of Dale Carnegie: “The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson Don’t give up in the middle.”
Adrienne Fikes, M.Ed, PCC, is the Soul Power Coach™, a seventh-generation Virginian, and creator of the Joy, Genealogy, Justice community-building framework. Adrienne is a speaker, author, organizational development consultant, and co-founder of Racial Justice Alexandria. Her 16Greats.com Challenge is to speak your sixteen great-great-grandparent’s names.