Healing, like trauma, is stored in the body, but for black and brown bodied people, the world has taught us that our bodies are not safe – not safe from forced labor, not safe from forced imprisonment, not safe from brutality and murder. In our commitment to restore the bodily integrity that we deserve, our work reimagines the ways we integrate the wisdom of our Ancestors, healing arts, and practices that rewire our brains to change deeply seated trauma responses; techniques that foster sensation renewal – bringing feeling awareness back to the body – acknowledging that we must feel it to heal it.
The Omowale Project, is an offering in response to the crisis moment of our time. Designed to support BIPOC leaders in fulfilling their lives’ work, our work reimagines the ways we integrate true and sustainable care of self and community - unseating deep, intergenerational trauma responses. The Omowale Project focuses on the healing necessary to create effective personal and professional practices, mindsets, and behaviors that will advance the racial equity movement.
Pulling from the ancestral knowledge of our past, and reawakening the wisdom stored within, our work both builds and maintains our internal and collective capacity to heal, allowing for a new realm of joy and energy. Through our key programming Liberation through Individual and Collective Healing: A Pathway to Self-Nurturance©, our framework roots itself in ritual rest, unique combinations of healing modalities and cognitive rewiring techniques. The Omowale Project offers this space and these reparative tools in a time when such resources have never been needed more.
MEET OUR CREATE(HER)
Emani Davis, founder of The Omowale Project, is uniquely positioned to imagine and create this work. The daughter of Attica Brother Jomo Omowale, Emani was raised in community with some of the most prominent figures of the civil rights, racial justice, and criminal justice reform movements.
Her own professional background includes a singular combination of work that has equipped her for this ambitious and necessary project. For decades, rooted in her mission to secure liberation for black and brown bodied people, she has served directly impacted people, and ran sole proprietor businesses supporting BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations. Emani has been privileged to work with and know some of the biggest change-makers of our time. In addition to working with activists and leaders, Ms. Davis has extensive experience working with and learning from healing practitioners, particularly those from and Indigenous backgrounds, whose modalities include massage therapy, crystal work, reiki, acupressure, and Ayurvedic medicine.
Ms. Davis is certified in massage therapy and cognitive therapeutic models, and is continuing her education in her death doula and somatic experience practice. This project is an opportunity to share the knowledge and wisdom she has gained with others who have not previously been offered this investment.
The Omowale Project is the inevitable culmination not only of Jomo’s work and of Emani’s personal and professional experiences, but of her deep connection to her community, past and present. For BIPOC leaders, work such as this is an expression of humanity and profound longing for the actualization of a vision 400 years in the making.