Critically-Acclaimed, International Journalist Esther Armah launches Emotional Justice Chicago

          Emotional Justice Conversation and Art Series                                                                                                               
Multi-media, Multi-Platform, Mixed Gender, Inter-Generational,
 Global, Digital, Critical
Transforming a Legacy of Untreated Trauma Into Triumph 
Chicago! New York City! London! Ghana! South Africa!      
NYC – Emotional Justice is a term created by international, award-winning journalist Esther Armah to address, discuss, challenge and heal from the legacy of untreated trauma that affects black, brown and white people globally.  This multi-media movement is designed to create continuous critical, emotional and global community conversations: live (Emotional Justice Unplugged), on-air via radio, on stage via theater, and on the page via articles. EMOTIONAL JUSTICE CHICAGO launches during Armah’s visit to the City September 18 to September 20.  As part of the launch, she will provide the keynote address for the C. Shelby Rooks Lecture at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1460 E. 60th Street, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at 5pm.  This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required and can be made at 
Emotional Justice explores how we love, lead, and navigate relationships within our families, friendships, communities, institutions, and with our leaders.  Emotional Justice tackles the legacy of the global civil, human rights, and economic struggles that have overturned laws, given people rights, and moved nations forward. These movements were/are battlefields; however, not all the wounds have been healed.  Armah states, “Our scars are our stories, sometimes they carry our silence. Emotional Justice is not a band aid, it’s the scar–unraveled, given voice, given air; void of keloids–a place in a rich past where silence has no home and scars don’t dictate or dominate how we move through the world, who we love, who we leave, how we navigate power and negotiate self. We are the conversation, let the scars tell their stories.”
The universal legacy left to those who fought for and to those benefiting from social justice and civil rights is individual and collective emotional health, the right to be emotionally well.  This legacy of emotionality shapes our individual identities, the nature of our relationships—the ways we interact with, love and/or abuse one another, the strength and fragility of our institutions, and the types of leaders our communities produce and sustain. By exploring family legacy, and our intimate relationships with ourselves, first, family, one another, institutions, Emotional Justice deals with those wounds. “Each generation has its work; for me Emotional Justice is this generation’s work,” says Armah.  Emotional Justice Unplugged develops and presents conversations featuring celebrities, activists, film makers and scholars and invites the global community into the conversation through live panels under the themes Diary of A Mirror and Me: Reflections of Intimate Revolution, Black Love: A Re-Imagining and Scar Stories.  
Previous Emotional Justice Unplugged participants have included Sudanese Supermodel and philanthropist Alek Wek and Isaiah Washington, Hollywood actor/former Grey’s Anatomy star, author, genealogy activist, and philanthropist. The Huffington Post and have featured Emotional Justice articles on a number of political, cultural and lifestyle icons including South African Revolutionary Winnie Mandela, Hip Hop artist Lil’ Kim, and Frank Ocean, singer and writer/producer for numerous chart topping artists, most notably Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Future Emotional Justice Unplugged conversations include Eddie Glaude, Jr., Princeton University professor and national media commentator, Brittney Cooper, University of Alabama professor and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, and Susan L. Taylor, former editor and editor-in-chief of Essence and founder, National CARES Mentoring Movement.
Daily Emotional Justice Unplugged conversations happen on social media via Facebook  ( and Twitter (@estherarmah, #emotional justice).

EMOTIONAL JUSTICE CHICAGO is the launch space for Scar Stories with Liz Alexander, an activist and a graduate student at the Chicago Theological Seminary.  Alexander co-leads the Charles Shelby Rooks Society that was founded to honor the memory of the first African-American president to lead a predominantly white theological school. The student organization celebrates Diasporic ties to Africa, academic excellence, cultural, community, spiritual and social cognizance and activism. Scar Stories begins a live and social media conversation series that ends silence and shame as part of our generational inheritance.