Who We Are


#ImAfricanBornIn arose out of the work of Valuing Black Lives 2016: The Second Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit. Held in Washington, D.C., in September 2016, the Summit was sponsored by Community Healing Network (CHN) and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), in conjunction with the 46th Annual Legislative Conference of the United States Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and hosted by Representative Karen Bass (D-CA).

Panelists and participants from across the Diaspora came together to continue developing a unified global response to the challenges facing Black people. Our objectives were to share ideas for dismantling the anti-Black narrative, and to agree on one action we could take together toward that end across the Diaspora in 2017.

A majority of Summit panelists and participants voted for the idea offered by Kara Poole: #ImAfricanBornIn as a first step in working together to rewrite the narrative. A 2017 Global Action Task Force was established, and it developed this initiative.


Isis Amlak, Information Officer Global Afrikan Congress UK, UK Consultant, European Network for People of African Heritage, and member of the Caribbean Pan African Network, UNITED KINGDOM

Babatunji Balogun, President, Division #460, Universal Negro Improvement Association ACL, Baltimore, MD

Gina Duncan, M.D., Psychiatrist in private practice, Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator, Charlotte, NC

Tracy Garrett, Association of Black Psychologists, Lothian, MD



Kara Poole, The Great Griot: creator/originator of #ImAfricanBornIn                      WeAreOne. 2016 Valuing Black Lives Summit panelist, Los Angeles, CA


Charlene Phipps, Independent Community healing advocate, Chair, 2017 Global Action Task Force, Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator, Baltimore, MD

Margaret Powell, Community healing advocate and Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator, Baltimore, MD

Therese Taylor-Stinson, Ordained Elder, Spiritual Director Spiritual Directors of Color Network, Ltd., Washington DC

Collaborator: Momodou Jallow, City Council member in the city of Malmö, Sweden,  Pan African Movement for Justice,  European Network Against Racism, and 2015 and 2016 Valuing Black Lives Global Summit panelist, Malmö, SWEDEN