Radical Self-Care


Radical Self-care is the assertion that you have the responsibility to take care of yourself first before attempting to take care of others. It’s necessary to fill your cup first, then to give to others from the overflow. This is what gives you the capacity to heal and to move forward into your next chapter of life.  Audre Lorde, bell hooks, and Gloria Anzuldúa wrote of the necessity of women of color to practice self-care and self-love in order to deal with the daily onslaught of racism, sexism, homophobia, and class oppression.

"Radical self-care was and is an imperative practice to resist pressures to comply, conform, and above all, to remain true to our authentic selves. Radical self-care involves embracing practices that keep us physically and psychologically healthy and fit, making time to reflect on what matters to us, challenging ourselves to grow, and checking ourselves to ensure that what we are doing aligns with what matters to us. We consider this self-care “radical” because it fundamentally alters how we make choices about allocating time, money, and energy for ourselves personally, at home, and at work and seeks to revolutionize our workplace practices. Practiced faithfully, radical self-care involves owning and directing our lives and choosing with whom, how, and how often we engage in our nested, interconnected worlds so that we can be unapologetically ourselves in the face of unrelenting pressure and expectations to be otherwise." (Nicol & Yee, 2017, p. 134)

Markham (2014) explained:

"Most of us live in constant stress, which means we're often running on empty. Many days we wake up wishing life could be different. ….And then we feel even worse.

Sadly, remorse and self-blame after we lose patience doesn't change anything. Actually, it makes things worse, because it's hard to act like a loving, happy person when you're feeling like a bad person.

What if, instead, you could find a way to stay in a positive state more often? You can. Not all the time, of course -- into every life some rain must fall. But most of us can find a way to be more positive more often. It starts with finding ways to nurture and nourish ourselves, so we can stay more centered.

Angela Davis explained that radical self-care involves the mind, body and spirit. This series of discussions, activities and workshops were designed to bring strength in a time of crisis. Black women have been viewed in various roles; the backbone, counselor, doctor, healer, negotiator, activist, advocate, and the list goes on.

Throughout our journey, we tend not to consider our well-being. This series is created to meet needs not seen. Radical Self-Care will embrace the concept of caring for yourself: mind, body, and spirit. 

This year, a series of programs will be offered. Some will include panel discussions, open discussions, and/or activities. It is important that you pay attention to the email invitations that will be coming your way. All events will require pre-registration. 

Pre-registration is now open for all Fall 2020 workshops.

All workshops will begin at 5:30pm via ZOOM. Please pre-register in order to be entered into drawings for great prizes.

Date Event Description Pre-Registration
9/14/2020 Radical Self-Care – Mind – Who are we: A Look at the Past              Panelists: Dr. Kimberly Stanley, Indiana State University                Dr. K.T. Ewing, Tennessee State University
Dr. Siobhan Carter-David, Southern Connecticut State University
Dr. Charlene Fletcher, Brown University 
When we think about black women and self-care, the terms, often, appear oxymoronic or contradictory. For Black women, many of whom were legally denied self-hood, the practice of self-care was a radical endeavor. Black women took “care” of themselves in a variety of ways—many choose their methods of care to sustain and maintain a culture; some used “care” to sustain and nourish themselves. This discussion will explore the variety of ways that black women “radically” practiced self-care. Can be viewed on MSP YouTube Channel
9/28/2020 Radical Self-Care Mind – Power in the Name – #Daughters of - Dealing with the new normal – Facilitator: Valerie Craig This session will strengthen our sisters by giving them permission to seek lifelines through the lives and lessons of other Black women, to help re-imagine the notion of the “Strong Black Woman".

Can be viewed on MSP YouTube Channel


10/12/2020 Mind – Bougee, Ratchet, Ghetto – Defining roles of the 21st Century Black woman - Facilitator: Tradara McLaurine and Kelsey Bogard Black women are often labeled with stereotypes such as boogie, ghetto, or ratchet. Sometimes even angry. This discussion will explain the parallels between the terms bougie, ghetto, and ratchet and the “strong Black woman” and “strong Black independent woman.” We will also discuss how all limit Black women’s ability to emote transparently and further promote self-hate from our own, racism from others, sexism, constant critiques of our bodies, hair, skin tone, and a whole lot more. Can be viewed on MSP YouTube Channel
10/26/2020 Radical Self-Care - Body – What my Body Does for Me - Facilitator: Lauren Baines WHAT IF…
• Instead of disliking our bodies, we liked and respected our bodies (and felt comfortable feeling that way)
• Instead of feeling like foods were good and bad, we ate without guilt
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11/2/2020 Radical Self-Care – Body – Coping with Stress: Being Black in America – Facilitator: Dr. Leslie King

Being black in America comes with a myriad of stresses:


We have to acknowledge that there is systemic racism in this country, and it continues to thrive. I would like to discuss the book “CASTE” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson.

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11/16/2020 Radical Self-Care – Body – No You Cannot Touch My Hair – Facilitator: Dr. Mena Fombo  An uplifting candid talk centred on becoming an activist and owning our collective power as black womxn*.  Register in advance:

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