Addressing the Brutal Murder of Nia Wilson

The Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists is shocked and appalled to hear of the senseless and brutal murder of 18-year-old Nia Wilson at the MacArthur BART station last week. As the birthplace of the Association of Black Psychologists, we see our mission and destiny as the liberation of the African mind, empowerment of the African character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African spirit — a tall order in this era of terror on black and brown lives.

News of Nia’s death has swept over the city of Oakland and the Bay Area as a whole. Sadly her murder is one in a long string of youth who have been taken from us all too soon at the hands of armed racists and bigots. Unfortunately, the legal authorities are adept at leaving our community with more questions than answers. Was this predator’s choice of victim random or was it a random choice of a black person? It would be nice, for once, to hear the media ask the right questions. This act was no more random than the BART police murder of Oscar Grant while handcuffed and lying face down! To be clear, it is our position that Nia’s murder was a crime of racial hatred supported by an intricate web of racists and racism throughout this system stretching all the way to the White House. Bipolar Disorder, schizophrenia, racism…they are all variants of mental illness. We need not mince words: the attacker’s violent actions occurred in a context of ideological and structural racism. It is up to US as a community to demand justice for Nia and fight to keep our communities safe from those who seek to disrupt our march towards peace and liberation.

–The Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists

2018 ABPsi Convention


 Building for Eternity

As part of our celebration of 50 years of independent and distinct service as a professional association, dedicated to the mental health and wellness of African American persons, families and community, we invite you to help celebrate the service and significance of the Association of Black Psychologists at our 50th year anniversary International convention.

The ABPsi International Convention provides an outstanding educational program, which includes continuing education units and general professional development opportunities for attendees. Keynote speakers, guest panelists and general sessions cover a diverse array of topics related to the practice, research and professional training related to the total well-being of our world community. In addition to over 80 presentations, the Annual Business and Committee meetings are held, and students and early career professionals have the opportunities to be mentored by the association’s elders and seasoned members.

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Top Reasons for Attending the ABPsi Annual Convention:

  • Attend Dynamic Workshops on Culturally-Appropriate Mental Health Service
  • Delivery from Leading Experts
  • CEU Credits Available for Psychologists, Social Workers and Allied Professionals
  • Participate in Community Relevant Social Justice Initiatives
  • Learn Innovative Approaches to Teaching Psychology Courses
  • Special Sessions for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • Engage in meaningful Interactions with Psychology Professionals of Like Interests

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The Association of Black Psychologists sees it’s mission and destiny as the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit.

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