The path to understanding your African heritage is one that each black woman has to take in her own time. But June Nzinga White believes that the sooner a woman begins the journey the better she’ll be able to know herself and the unique things that make her a light in the world. On this episode of The Happy Black Woman podcast, Rosetta welcomes June and together the two of them unpack what it means to go in search of your Afrikan heritage, why it matters, and the benefits that come from being more clearly connected to your roots as a black woman. You won’t want to miss this enlightening and motivating conversation.
Are you disconnected from your past?
If you don’t know where you’ve come from – where your people have come from – you don’t truly know the context out of which you’ve been raised. There is so much from your past that informs and shapes who you are. June Nzinga White is passionate about helping black people understand their heritage so they can better live out the unique place in the world they have been given. In this conversation, Rosetta asks June a series of questions about her journey into understanding her own past and uncovers how a connection to her Afrikan roots has empowered her and placed her on the mission to help others find their true identity as well.
Your African heritage not only tells where you’ve come from, but who you are.
It may not seem clear to you that your African heritage powerfully informs who you are in the present day, but it’s true. As a black woman, you have unique characteristics that flow out of the cultural, historical, and spiritual traditions that have been passed down to you, whether you knew about them or not. June Nzinga White helps women just like you become better connected to their heritage so they are able to live it out more powerfully and authentically. Rosetta chats with June about that journey, on this episode of The Happy Black Woman podcast.
What happens when you know your own heritage and history? Confidence.
Confidence is one of the most important things we all need in order to fulfill our calling and step into our place in the world. As a black woman, confidence can be lacking for a number of reasons. On this episode, June Nzinga White describes her journey into confidence that began when she first read the writings of Marcus Garvey and began to understand the Afrikan heritage that had shaped her without her knowledge. It’s this knowledge and the time spent understanding her past that led June to a confidence she didn’t know she was missing. Now June helps other black women embrace their true identity and live in their confidence. You can hear more of June’s story on this episode, so be sure you listen.
Do you need a place to connect with other Black Woman?
There is something powerful about coming together with other like-minded, energetic women who are on the same path as you. Rosetta Thurman knows the power of that kind of gathering from personal experience and has created an opportunity for you to find your place and a band of sisters who can support you in the journey as well. The Happy Black Woman Retreat is coming up soon and you can find out more about how to reserve your spot among the eager, dynamic black women who will join Rosetta for this powerful event. Find out more on this episode of the Happy Black Woman podcast.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:30] Rosetta’s thanks to you and welcome to this episode with June White!
- [2:01] The mission June is on and how she walked the journey to get there.
- [5:22] What June encountered that informed her who she was.
- [7:04] How you can begin learning about your Afrikan heritage.
- [8:27] Questions many people have when they begin the process of discovery.
- [9:45] Specific action steps you can take to begin a journey of Afrikan discovery.
- [12:50] Specific books June recommends.
- [13:51] The benefits June sees in people who discover their heritage.
- [16:15] Topics discussed in June’s Facebook group.
- [17:09] The Afrikan spiritual systems June has discovered.
- [21:17] Advice June gives to seekers.
- [23:55] How you can connect at the Happy Black Woman retreat.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode
- www.TheAfrikanCenter.com – June’s website
- www.Facebook.com/groups/jegnaship – June’s Facebook group
- Marcus Garvey
- BOOK: My Life In Search of Africa
- BOOK: The Isis Papers
- www.HappyBlackWomanRetreat.com – Get in on the upcoming retreat!
About JUNE NZINGA WHITE
June White is on an Afrikan centered journey. She did not begin her life’s journey with an Afrikan-centered mentality. She was taught that education is everything. So she received a BS in Accountancy and a Masters in Taxation from one of the top 20 Universities in the country. After 2.5 years of feeling lost in the accounting industry, she needed a change. She realized she was exhausting her energy in the wrong field and for the wrong purpose. Everyone kept telling her “just be yourself,” but when she tried to do that, she drew a blank. She didn’t know who she was or where she came from. She knew nothing of my history. There was this intense feeling of shame screaming out “how am I supposed to be myself if I don’t know anything about my past?” After that realization, June began searching and came across the following quote from Marcus Garvey: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” This quote led her to begin doing extensive research about her true history; which led her to the start of an arduous, yet rewarding journey towards an Afrikan-centered Life. One of her newfound duties is to lead people towards Afrikan excellence by giving them knowledge. Another is to lead by example.