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Black History and the "Black Lives Matter" Movement -- Implications for DMT Practice in a Supposed "Post-Racial" Society


For several historical periods, movement behavior was dictated and prescribed in strict dominance and submission reciprocals, known as racial etiquettes. Historically, state Jim Crow laws or social customs governed the gestures and postures of Black persons, who were to convey docile compliance, and White persons were to display superiority.  While many think of racism as an issue of the past, scholarly literature states that “modern racism” does indeed have a form, known as racial microagressions. Currently the “Black Lives Matter” Movement has implored all to reconsider whether we truly live in the “post-racial” society espoused by many after the election of President Obama.  Evaluations, values, beliefs, and attitudes about one’s self and others contribute to the development of body image and expressions of racism. How racism is imbedded into our cultural idealization and denigrations and impact the therapeutic use of movement will be explored. Original webcast date: February 11, 2015.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will gain foundational understandings about the definitions, theory, and clinical considerations about race, ethnicity, and racism.

  2. Participants will gain insights about how the historical context contributes to modern day racism, known as microagressions.

  3. Participants will gain foundational understanding of historical psychological theories of race and how they potentially inform current day client/clinician interaction


Lysa Monique Jenkins-Hayden

Lysa Monique Jenkins-Hayden, BBA, MA, CH, LPC earned her MA from Drexel’s DMT Program and her BS in business administration. Her thesis “Movement Encounters in Black and White: Understanding race and cultural competence in DMT” stimulated the creation of the Black American and African Descendants (BAAD) ADTA affinity group. She is the creator/ publisher/editor of The BAAD Review, a publication to broaden clinicians’ worldview and Afro-centric sensibility regarding health, on the BAAD website, ( A charter member of ADTA’s Multicultural/Diversity Committee (MDC), and annual MDC Conference Manager, she organized the 2013 ADTA Conference “Bridge” initiative to begin dance and dialogue between DMTs and indigenous cultural dance/healing practitioners. Currently she works in private practice ( and is a national speaker on clinical cultural competence, small businesses marketing, and advises organizations on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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