Nationally recognized thought leaders in the fields of theology, medicine and financial planning joined Compassion & Choices during Black History Month to discuss the effects the lack of end-of-life planning has on the African American community — and what can be done to address the issue.
Along with the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc., C&C will host “The Journey Home: An African American Conversation” on Feb. 24 in Washington, D.C. Studies show the timeliness of the discussion:
The event follows the success of an intimate November conversation among African Americans in Chicago that featured Aris T. Allen Jr., son of the first African-American chair of the Maryland Republican party who ended his life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1991. Allen and other experts will join keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, best-selling author and Georgetown University sociology professor, in a discussion on the social, cultural and religious reasons African Americans often don’t make end-of-life plans and how it hurts their families and communities. “It’s going to be a good intersection between the religious and cultural practicalities African Americans look at in the death and dying process, “ said C&C National and Federal Programs Director Daniel Wilson.
C&C will continue this dialogue on a national level among influential groups such as the Congressional Black Caucus, NOBEL (National Organization of Black Legislative Elected) Women, African American sororities and fraternities, community leaders, and physicians regarding the importance of discussing end-of-life priorities. Attendees at these events receive planning resources such as Compassion & Choices’ Good-to-Go Toolkit and information on the End-of-Life Consultation service.