Our faculty at the Cultural Wellness Center began working with the Department of Health over a year ago. We have hosted over 75 events since 2020—-events to support educate and hold the hands of our community members who are feeling afraid and uninformed about the Safety of the Vaccine to prevent falling victim to the Corona Virus.
We consider the events to be places where we can show how much we care about our families and relatives and listen to the concerns of our community. From many of you attending the events (79 people just last Saturday), we have heard you describe your fears of vaccinations going back to your knowledge of the Health Care and Medical professionals experimenting on black bodies back to the days of our enslavement. We have spent time with you unpacking the fears to determine if there are threads of truth in the current vaccine being used to treat the Corona Virus. We have joined you in asking ourselves what do we do considering all that we know ? Many of us feel between a rock and a hard place, many of us do not want to repeat the many unconscious ways we may be participating in the victimization of our own people.
Today we want you to know that Our elders, faculty, friends, and neighbors have decided to take the vaccine, follow the safety recommendations and practices, and use the ways of healing that our ancestors used before us. Our ways of healing include cleanliness of mind, body, and spirit. First, drinking large sums of water each day acknowledging our consciousness of water as a source of divine intervention. Second, give love to each other and put people in the front of our minds. This is also a force to send great energy through thoughts of power and hope. Spiritual thoughts are penetrating, detoxing, and fortifies the bodies’ organ systems as they work for us. And finally, do not hesitate to call one of us as you continue your work and live in harmony with the ancestors who have gone before us as well as those who come behind us. We offer you all thoughts of peace, health, and love.
The Elders and Faculty at The Cultural Wellness Center
The Cultural Wellness Center is a transformative space that incubates culturally-based solutions to real world problems. Our work at the Cultural Wellness Center is to move from race to culture. By engaging the generative practice of moving from race to culture, one engages the transformative process of being and becoming oneself through the lens of culture. The knowledge produced from this process creates the space for one to heal themselves and build community.
The Cultural Wellness Center is a transformative space that engages the process of a healthy lifestyle.
The Cultural Wellness Center provides cultural immersion experiences for public health and social science researchers who want to strengthen their ability to conduct research alongside cultural communities. We call this cultural approach to knowledge production our Invisible University.
Dreamland Café Reimagined: The vision is to create a flexible, supportive work space for African-American entrepreneurs to start and expand small businesses focused on the intersection of food and heritage— and to offer a dynamic space to host community gatherings and events.
The Cultural Wellness Center is one of the original partners of the Midtown Global Market, an initiative that gives new and emerging entrepreneurs, many of them low income and recent immigrants, a prime location and support to build a business and a future.
The Cultural Wellness Center
2025 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404