Racism happens all the time without my permission. I don’t get to choose the risk. I am – my Blackness is – the risk. It is not the same.
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a theologian and psychologist whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Christian church and beyond. Dr. Chanequa has earned degrees from Emory University, the University of Miami, and Duke University. A candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church, she is licensed to practice psychology in Georgia and North Carolina. She is currently Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Her first book, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, examines the impact that the icon of the StrongBlackWoman has upon the health and well-being of African American women. Born and raised in Atlanta, Dr. Chanequa is married to Delwin Barnes, a mechanical engineer. They are the proud and very happy parents of one son, Micah.