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A one hour documentary that examines the lingering trauma handed down from the American slavery system. Men and women describe how they broke the emotional chains passed down from their slave ancestors. Others demonstrate the moral courage needed to face their own racial attitudes. In this film, all viewers face the roots of American racism and the processes that usher lasting reconciliation.

 
 
Real Healing and Freedom cannot happen unless we talk about it.
— Psychiatrist Michael Lyles

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In this documentary we meet:

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Rev. Keith Marshall Williams

The great-grandson of a sharecropper, his mother, his grandmother, his children and grandchildren. Through five generations, we trace the pain carried down through unresolved trauma.

When I look at the effects of not so much the post-traumatic stress from slavery, but the effects of the manifestation of a sinful nature- it’s  devastating.
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Phyllis Smith

Cousin of Emmett Till, whose murder in 1954 catalyzed the Civil Rights movement.  Smith discusses the trauma that has been trapped in her heart and the healing that comes through her Christian faith.

This is what’s helped to overcome the pain, the hurt, the devastation, the psychological damage, the emotional damage. I’m a different person. I’m not the person I was. It’s because of God.
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Rev. Greg Thompson

A pastor and scholar who examines his family background of white supremacy and talks about the steps he and his congregation have taken to repent from racist thinking.

I began to apprentice myself to the Black church and to really see that the way to deal with shame is not to deny it, not to try to atone for it, but I had to actually repent and say I was wrong, now I need somebody to teach me how to live rightly, and that’s what my adult life has been.
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Dr. Alvin Poussaint:

Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School who describes “PostTraumatic Slave Syndrome,” the vulnerability African American’s carry from generation to generation.  He describes how unresolved trauma stemming back to slavery manifests personally and socially today.

Rev. Charlie Dates

The Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Progressive Baptist Church describes the historical and present role of the black church in providing a safe haven for African Americans, especially during the Great Migration. But, today, he says the black church will take the lead in demonstrating the power of Christianity to heal and to offer reconciliation and forgiveness to the problems we face today. 
 

Dr. Harriet Hill

Dr. Hill, the architect a biblical trauma healing program describes how community leaders to address generational trauma stemming from slavery. We attend one of  her teaching sessions and learn how her biblical trauma healing seminar help pastors, counselors and social workers recognize their own prejudices so that they can go out and begin the process of listening to others and recognize their own prejudices so that they can go out and begin the process of listening to others and healing in their communities. 

There are still problems of discrimination in many institutions; it still affects their family and there are still problems of discrimination in many institutions; it still affects their family and community life and it being a full part of America. I think it still affects their psychological and physical health because of that stress. It’s just something that they can’t escape dealing with because it’s so real in this society.
We experienced the power of God along a biblical narrative that may not have happened apart from the American slavery system.  I don’t think it was necessary, happened apart from the American slavery system.  I don’t think it was necessary, but I think Black people in America who were brought here against their will experienced the power of God in ways that White America did not and could not.
There can be healing that takes place between the children of the slaves and the children of the slave owners/ to help them see that God loves them.

What viewers are saying

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We just learned all our lives to keep these thoughts to ourselves. And now, someone is giving us voice.
— Ronnie F., New Haven, CT
It’s masterfully put together.
— Rita P., Philadelphia, PA
Thank you for this program that enlightens our viewing audience!
— Sibyl M, Programming Manager, Chicago, IL
For the first time, someone addressing an issue that goes deep into our souls.
— Lillian S., Charlotte, NC
(It’s a) therapeutic experience in and of itself…
— Charisma Magazine