(Oral History) Self Care 2020 with Dr. Redell Hearn

Dr. Redell Hearn meditating in the sun at 1,000 Figs restaurant

Background: In 2015, Bree Newsome Bass made national headlines when she scaled a 30-foot flag pole at the South Carolina statehouse and took down the Confederate flag. In an article entitled, “Charlottesville Reinforced That Self-Care Is an Essential Part of My Activism,” (SELF Magazine) Bass shares the importance of self-care stating, “I have a tendency to go, go, go until I burn out…self-care did not come naturally to me at first…since committing myself to social justice a few years ago, it’s something I’ve developed out of necessity.” VisitBlackHistory.com has invited participants to take part in an oral history project that will document the role of self-care in this day and time. We are specifically examining the individual impact of COVID-19, witnessing recent police brutality in the Black community, and the subsequent demonstrations that have followed.


(Full Oral History Interview) Self Care 2020 with Dr. Redell Hearn

42:43 Sophia V. Nelson: Absolutely. Well, my second to last question is, who is Dr. Redell Hearn?

42:52 DH: Whoo! [chuckle] Well, there’s two people in there. Let’s see, who is Dr. Redell? Dr. Redell Hearn is a museologist, with over 25 years’ experience in the museum field, from working in museums to teaching about museums, inside this country, all over this country, as well as abroad. That’s Dr. Redell Hearn, the thinker. Redell Hearn, the spiritual practitioner, is the creator of Soul-Sip, which is a class that blends the sacred and social elements of guided meditation and wine appreciation with the focus to help relax the mind, elevate the senses and savor the moment, and that’s really a metaphor for how Redell lives her life.

Row of houses along Bayou St. John
Folk art. Algiers Point, New Orleans, Louisiana

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