Radio Special Guest - January 5, 2002
Jaiya John, Ph.D
“Human Relations is the Great Work before us. . . .”
A CHILD’S SOUL REVEALED.
July 15, 1968. It is only three months following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nation is burning. Black and White America are locked in the tense grip of massive change. Into this inferno steps an unsuspecting young White couple. Neither significantly knew even a single African American person while growing up. Now, a child will change all of that forever. In this fateful moment, a Black baby becomes perhaps the first in the history of New Mexico to be adopted by a White family. Here is a brazenly honest glimpse into the mind and heart of that child, a true story for the ages.
Jaiya John has opened the floodgates on his own childhood with this piercing memoir. Black Baby White Hands, a waterfall of jazz splashing over the rocks of love, pain and the honoring of family. Magically, this book finds a way to sing as it cries, and to exude compassion even as it dispels well-entrenched myths. This story is sure to find itself well worn, stained by tears, and brushed by laughter in the lap of parents, adolescents, educators, students and professionals. Here comes the rain and the sunshine, all at once.
"Our concept of civil rights and spiritual responsibility has been peeled back afresh and rendered deeper with this book."
-James M. Jones, Ph.D., author of Prejudice and Racism
"This is a pot of gold for adoptive parents, and especially for transracially adoptive parents. But more than that, this book is priceless for anyone who cares to voyage into the wonderland that is a child's heart."
-Sydney Duncan, MSW, Founding Executive, Homes for Black Children,
The nation's first African American adoption agency
“Powerful. This book is not only beautifully written, it also deserves a wide audience.”
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DR. JAIYA JOHN· PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER
Author of Writer’s Digest Award-Winning Memoir
BLACK BABY WHITE HANDS: A VIEW FROM THE CRIB
Jaiya John is the founder and Executive Director of Soul Water Rising, an educational mission devoted to improving human relations, combating prejudice, and fostering spiritual growth. For over a decade he has traveled the nation as a professional speaker, poet, author and youth mentor. Jaiya’s passionate, poetic presentations combine spiritual and social science insights. This work is truly his mission, ministry and life. He has appeared on CNN, B.E.T., Fox Television and National Public Radio. He authored the award-winning memoir, Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib. Jaiya also spent four years as a professor of social psychology at Howard University, and has been an editor & creative writing coach, and a foster and adoptive family consultant. Jaiya also worked as a diversity consultant and trainer of public school educators, and taught English as a second language in Katmandu, Nepal. In addition, he served as associate director for the National Center on Permanency for African American Children, in Washington, DC.
Jaiya was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Immediately placed in foster care and eventually adopted, Jaiya lived as an African American in a predominately Caucasian American environment. This childhood branded in him a burning passion for giving his life to improve the way human beings relate to each other. Jaiya studied psychology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and earned his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz in social psychology. He lived and studied during 1988 in the nation of Nepal, where his research on Tibetan medicine instilled within him an appreciation for holistic concepts of physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Being of not only African but Seminole, Blackfoot and Cherokee descent; and having grown up in the midst of the Southwest’s American Indian and Latino communities, Jaiya has an appreciation for the spiritual and communal passions that spring from these worlds. This spirit he ingrains in his own beliefs and messages about our social world. Jaiya believes that in every moment of life, each of us is a teacher and a student. He is faithful to his purpose: fostering relations among humankind living in a world where we have learned to let the differences in our divine nature divide us.
JAIYA HAS SPOKEN TO THOUSANDS NATIONWIDE ON ISSUES OF HUMAN RELATIONS:
diversity spirituality culture staff morale mentoring
race relations self-esteem prejudice teambuilding creative self-expression
child welfare community development education motivation & achievement social change & civil rights
youth violence youth development literacy identity family development
HIS NUMEROUS AUDIENCES HAVE, AMONG OTHERS, INCLUDED:
CNN Television Black Entertainment Television (BET) Congressional Black Caucus
U.S. Department of Agriculture Los Alamos National Laboratory D.C. Commission on Mental Health
National Assoc. of Black Social Workers Kirtland Air Force Base Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services
Florida Commission on Human Relations Howard University University of Pittsburgh
The Exploratorium, San Francisco U.S. Veterans Administration (PA) Lutheran Social Services
Marion County Public School District (FL) Verizon, Inc. Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Inc.
Bahá’í Institute for Race Unity Maryland Dept. of Human Resources Lewis & Clark College
One Church One Child Fox Television NAACP (national)
DC Consortium for Child Welfare Baltimore City Dept. Social Services Marion County Intensive Treatment Facility
H.D. Woodson Senior High School (DC) Mississippi Families for Kids Catholic Charities
Sandia National Laboratories (NM) National Black Child Development Inst. DC Child & Youth Services Administration
Bowie State University National Public Radio Homes for Black Children (Detroit)
Illinois Foster Parent Association Gr. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Interracial Family Circle (DC)
Center for Adoption Support & Educ. University of South Florida Fairfax County Dept. Family Services (VA)
American Adoption Congress Chicago State University Michigan Foster/Adoptive Parents Assoc.
Illinois State Board of Education Another Choice for Black Children Georgia Dept. of Human Resources
Elimisha Institute Louisiana Adoption Advisory Board, Inc. Florida State Conference NAACP
Minnesota NABSW Multi Ethnic Perspectives, Inc. (VA) University of South Florida
Black Adoption Placement & Research Center McDaniel College (MD) Rizing Starz (Ocala, FL)
Ed White High School (Jacksonville, FL) Clay County NAACP (FL) Folio Weekly Magazine (FL)
Lionel Wilson College Prep. Academy (CA) University of Louisiana at Monroe Louisiana Dept. of Social Services
Ramsey County Dept. Children/Family Services(MN) Southern University at New Orleans Grambling State University
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church (New Or.) Family Service & Children’s Aid (MI) Montgomery County DHHS (MD)
ATTACh (SC) Coordinators2, Inc. (VA) Urban League of Champaign County
To secure speaking engagements, please refer to the contact information listed below:
SOUL WATER RISING
P.O. BOX 1790
SILVER SPRING, MD 20915
301.933.4967 (phone) · 425.920.0029 (fax)