February 19, 2022

Public Ritual: 10:00 AM PST
Call to Action: 11:40 AM PST


Description / learn more about the event

Ubuntu is a Zulu word meaning humanity. It is often translated into “I am because you are, and you are because I am”. Coloring Mental Health Collective’s regional public gatherings are Ubuntu in action. They demonstrate that when the needs of the community transcend the needs of the individual, both needs are met. The event includes public rituals and the arts and voices of community leaders working to advocate for the mental wellness of Black and Brown people. Lastly, the gathering closes with a call to action to further our mission and vision within our communities.

The 2022 theme for the LA public gathering is “Access Denied: Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health in Times of Crisis”. This gathering will focus on ways in which Black and Brown communities, especially the Black & Brown LGBTQ population, have been denied access to mental health and COVID resources. It will address anxieties and grief around the pandemic and access to care, and lack of access to culturally competent clinicians, mental health and other support services. For far too long, access has been denied to vital resources for Black and Brown people. A panel of LA area community leaders will discuss strategies to care for the mental and holistic well-being of Black and Brown people. We aim to use the tools gained at the public gathering to change the narrative from access denied to access granted.



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Schedule / timeline of events

Public Ritual
10:00 AM – 11:25 AM PST

Call to Action
11:40 AM – 2:00 PM PST

10:00 AM – 10:05 AM Musical Introduction (Dre Dennis)
10:05 AM – 10:10 AM Inviting the Community into Sacred Space (Chaka Holley)
10:10 AM – 10:15 AM Musical Interlude on grief (Dre Dennis)
10:15 AM – 10:40 AM Providing space for the community to process our grief—naming and processing our grief in context of caring community (facilitated by Lailatul Fitriyah)
10:40 AM – 10:45 AM Musical Meditation on grief (Nicholas Grier)
10:45 AM – 10:50 AM Musical Interlude on rage (Dre Dennis)
10:50 AM – 11:10 AM  Providing space for the community to process our rage—releasing our rage in the context of caring community, using it creatively & constructively (facilitated by Yuki Schwartz)
11:10 AM – 11:15 AM Meditation on rage (Lincoln Galloway)
11:15 AM – 11:20 AM Public Ritual Wrap Up (Nicholas Grier)
11:20 AM – 11:25 AM Musical Sending Forth to our Call to Action—acknowledging our feelings constructively & creatively towards emotional, psychological, & spiritual healing (Dre Dennis)

11:40 AM – 11:45 AM Musical Centering (Dre Dennis)
11:45 AM – 11:52 AM Statement of Purpose for our Call to Action (Chaka Holley)
11:52 AM – 12:00 PM Special Remarks – Jeffrey Kuan, President and Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM Special Address – Elder Russell Thornhill 
12:10 PM – 12:15 PM Greetings – Rev. Dr. Ken Walden 
12:25 PM – 1:25 PM Q&A with Panelists and the Community (Carrie Castaneda-Sound and Kameelah Mu’Min)  
1:35 PM – 1:50 PM  (Facilitated by Chaka Holley)
1:50 PM – 1:55 PM Closing Reflections (Chaka Holley, President, Coloring Mental Health Collective & CEO, A New Day Mental Wellness Center & Nicholas Grier, Founder & CEO, Coloring Mental Health Collective)
1:55 PM – 2:00 PM Musical Sending Forth (Dre Dennis)

Participants / meet our community


Rev. Dr. B. Yuki Schwartz, Ph.D


Elder Russell E. Thornhill, MAOM, MA


Dr. Carrie Casañeda-Sound, Ph.D


Dr. Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, PsyD


Rev. Dr. Ken Walden, Ph.D


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Current Student: $30

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Current Student: $40

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General without CEUs: $100
Current Student: $50

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