As we close out Black History Month – a time that we remember and raise up the contributions and rich legacy of our collective ancestors throughout history – NYABPsi President, Mr. Marcus Daughtery, reflects on his vision for the organization during his presidency:
Dear NYABPsi Chapter Members and Friends,
It is truly an honor to serve as President of the New York Association of Black Psychologists for the 2022-2023 term, and to continue the legacy and tradition of my predecessors. I recognize, and most humbly respect, that I stand on the shoulders of “Giants”- our past presidents and board members- and would not be afforded this opportunity were it not for their time and commitment to the empowerment and upliftment of Black and Brown people.
As I reflect upon the past five years, I am a witness to the cyclical patterns of history. Truly what is old is new and what is new is old. I for example, as many, looked upon the murder of George Floyd with unmeasurable disgust, hurt, and disappointment. Conversely, I was reminded of the turmoil of the turbulent 60’s then, perhaps, the apex of the fight for racial justice, equality, and inclusion in a society built on the backs, blood, sweat, tears and lives of our ancestors. As I reflect upon the moments of present day, I am once again reminded that our cause, mission, and purpose is a living and breathing testament to our work that lies ahead. Our work today is no less relevant, important, nor impactful than at the birth of this chapter and association.
As social scientists, practitioners, clinicians and healers our work begins with ourselves; hence our Chapter’s vision this year will focus on the internal structures and mechanisms within our chapter. With an internal focus, this year’s goals for our chapter will aim to:
- Review internal chapter mechanisms to effectively and efficiently enhance communication within the chapter
- Review existing chapter chairs for efficiency and alignment with chapter goals and by-laws
- Identify strategies and mechanisms to increase engagement of all NYABPsi members
- Identify ways to increase student participation in the chapter
- Improve internal accounting mechanisms within the chapter
- Identify short and long-term strategic goals for future chapter planning
While these goals are not exhaustive, they represent the internal work of this chapter and serve as the foundation for future collaborations and relationships with external partners, stakeholders, our memberships, and the public at large.
As Black History Month 2023 comes to an end. I am reminded of a quote from Frederick Douglas:
In closing, let us continue to work and struggle together for the empowerment and upliftment of Black and Brown communities.
As your President, I am honored to work with in this noble and time-honored mission.
Marcus V. Daugherty