Communities across the country are grieving the death of George Floyd and using their voices to fight against racial injustice.
While many people of color have been taking to the streets to make themselves heard, they also need a space to come together and heal. Ethel’s Club in Brooklyn, New York, is one of those safe havens.
Naj Austin founded the social and wellness club in 2019 to honor her grandmother Ethel’s legacy as a community organizer. Naj’s goal was to create a place where people of color can connect and find support.
“As a black woman navigating white spaces, it was important for me to have a space that I didn’t have to kind of walk in with caution and didn’t have to worry about the cops being called, things like that,” she told “Today.”
While the clubhouse is currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing can stop this wonderful community from coming together virtually!
Ethel’s Club has always offered group therapy sessions for members and nonmembers alike. These sessions are now available online, and some of them are free.
On May 29, the club announced it will be hosting two healing and grieving sessions on June 9 and June 23, led by and for people of color.
The response has been incredible! More than 1,000 people signed up that first day.
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Ethel’s Club is hosting two free, one hour virtual group healing & grieving sessions open to Black people across the world. Both events will be led by licensed Black therapists to help hold space and process the weight of the many complex emotions that we are feeling and carrying right now. June 9 & June 23rd | 6pm EST Click our bio link to register and join us.
Not only will these sessions help participants process their emotions, but they will also offer them some much-needed time to be vulnerable.
“It’s very rare that you have organizations or companies that allow for those people to have a place to unwind and grieve and take a moment and breathe,” Naj explained. “We’re trying to make it really feel like a moment of release.”
What a beautiful support system! Naj has certainly accomplished her goal of creating a safe, loving community.
Help them make an even bigger impact by donating here, and share this story to spread the word about this wonderful organization.
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