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Destine Publishes Article on Black Women and Femme Actors

Destine Publishes Article on Black Women and Femme Actors

Shaneda Destine, an assistant professor of sociology and Africana studies, published an article in the publication Societies without Borders titled "#ReclaimingMyTime: Black Women and Femme Movement Actors’ Experiences with Intra-Movement Conflicts and the Case for a Transformative Healing Justice Model." The article is on Black women and femme’s experiences with intra-movement conflicts and their role in mitigating violence.

Destine focuses on the Transformational Healing Justice Model (THJM) and its effects on Black women combating police violence. This model improves upon the Consciousness, Vision, and Strategy (CVS) model by including healing circles and debriefings for women and young activists taking part in civil movements.

“This research dates back in organizational history,” she said. “What I saw that was missing and what could be improved upon with the Consciousness, Vision, and Strategy model was to implement, at every stage of that model, a method that deals with healing justice.”

As many young activists, especially women, began participating in movements, such as Black Lives Matter, researchers noticed that the activists did not have the political education and organizational knowledge to debrief and organize to have their voices better heard.

“I hope my research brings forth the voices of the black women that are interviewed, the young protestors, and centers their voices within these movements,” Destine said. “With political education and the healing model, there can be more structured movement for a sustainable global cause. I’m hoping this research goes beyond academia and actually helps folks on the ground and that we can tweak it with collaboration as we move forward.”

Societies without Borders is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that offers easy access to scholarly analyses of human rights.

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