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Toward Racial Justice conversation series to focus on a look at racial trauma

WITF’s series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison addressing systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond continues Thursday, July 2 at 7:00pm.

Join us as we examine Black Trauma & Mental Health. Repeated incidents of micro-aggression, workplace discrimination, racial profiling and police brutality have taken a toll on Black Americans. What is racial trauma and what are the mental health implications? We’ll explore the link between racism, mental and physical health.

Watch the conversation:


Panelists include:

Alphonso Nathan– LPC Licensed Professional Counselor & Co-Owner of a Private Psychiatric Practice Brightside Medical Associates and Vice President of a Private Counseling Practice Brightside Counseling
Dr. Ericka Pinckney, NCC, LPC — Independent Contractor and Associate Clinical Director – Intellectual Disability Services, Keystone Human Services
Kelsey Benn, Harrisburg
Dr. Altha J. Stewart — Senior Associate Dean, Community Health Engagement at UT Health Science Center-Memphis, and Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth. She served as the 145th President of the American Psychiatric Association, the first African American ever elected to this position.

Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.

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Our goal is to to elevate underrepresented voices with special emphasis on giving young people a platform to discuss their views. Race and racism are uncomfortable topics. Our objective is to help serve as a catalyst for change by bringing people together to discuss possible solutions and inspire collective action.

The committee of co-organizers include:

  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District
  • Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company

Join us every other Thursday night from 7:00 to 8:30pm (July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27) as we take an in depth look at topics such as:

  • Housing Discrimination
  • Education Disparities
  • Policing, Safety & Belonging
  • Healthcare Inequality
  • And more…

The entire series will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share.

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