National African American Mediators Association
NAAMA - National African American Mediators Association - was founded on Friday January 10, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. by Heru-Ka Anu
NAAMA was created to facilitate a forum, network, the promotion of, and for the overall interaction of African American Mediators in the field of mediation; to address the needs of African American clients, and other communities in general.
NAAMA was created in the absence of their being an accessible resource to promote African American Mediators, and African American lead mediation to those who chose to benefit from such. African American Mediators bring a cultural background and grounding that is essential in the support of African American clients: shared language, history, philosophy, psychology, protocols, and practices are some of the essential elements.
Additionally, African American Mediators cultural grounding in general, is compatible to, complimentary to, and enables them to support the mediation of other race and ethnic groups.
NAAMA rescues African American Mediators, and African American participation in mediation from obscurity. Hence, in spite of African American participation in mediation our presence is distorted in euphemistic labels like 'People of Color,' 'Minorities,' and 'Diverse [...]' - Labels that distort our identity and our reality. For example, in the search for a 'Minority Mediator' one is likely to find people of different race and ethnicity, yet not necessarily an African American. The search for an 'African American Mediator' should result in finding an 'African American Mediator'.
In scope, NAAMA is a national association, soon to have chapters and branches across the U.S.
NAAMA will host national, regional, and state level conferences, training, and related activities annually, semi-annually, and as warranted.
NAAMA is an advocate for creating and maintaining 'African American Mediation / Conflict Resolution Centers'; said Centers will be an important asset in supporting the benefits of mediation to African American communities.