Black History Month: Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness Fair
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 | 3-7 pm | 903 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38126
February is Black History Month. Hear from Kayla Collins, our Director of Health and Wellness, about what Black History Month means to her and how we are celebrating with our upcoming event, the Black History Month: Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness Fair.
Black History Month is a time when we acknowledge how far we’ve come as a community and the excellent contributions our ancestors and other influential individuals have made until this point. Black history is one that should be embraced, no matter how much society may try to hide it. Seeing the black community thrive regardless of the setbacks is what makes this month so special to me. Black culture is unique and deserving of unconditional recognition.
As a Black woman who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I know firsthand how difficult it can be navigating through discrimination and experiencing the lack of advocacy and assistance. For many long years, our community has faced several injustices and inequities that have created a burning desire inside of me to advocate for our rights and to empower those who do not have the means to advocate for themselves. One way that I express this desire is by finding ways to give back to my community, encourage our growth, and expand the knowledge of health education. Health should not just focus on the physical aspect of the body. Complete health also requires feeding the mental and spiritual soul. Many aspects of life identified as “health” also include financial stability, education, neighborhood and housing conditions, mental health and abuse, and more.
The Black History Month Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness Fair was designed to promote health, wellness, and education to the Black community, with a FUN, family-style feel. We are welcoming members of our Black LGBTQ+ community and our allies to feed their physical, mental, and spiritual bodies by engaging our community partners and various Black-owned businesses. We will have testing and vaccinations available on-site offered by our partners such as The Corner, Shelby County Health Department, and Hope House. Concorde Career College and UTHSC will be providing blood pressure and glucose checks as well as health education. We have several holistic practitioners that will be providing herbal teas, supplements, crystals, and more. Of course, there will be a great DJ and food for the community to enjoy as well! The goal of this event is to give back to the black community, provide resources to those in need, and create an open, judgment-free space where individuals can be themselves while having a great time!
Director of Health and Wellness