Spring 2021 Courses and Groups

Introduction to medu Neter Course

10-week Course

Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm
April 8, 2021 - June 10, 2021

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This ancient African language, known in its time as Medu Neter, translates in today’s languages as “words of existence”, or “divine words”.  Medu Neter, or Mdu Ntr—a language that is absent of vowels, is the oldest of all African languages. Spoken over a period of more than 10,000 years, Medu Neter has known numerous changes and developments throughout its considerable history, resulting in a beautiful, poetical language. Experience this introduction to reading, writing and speaking Medu Neter, a true pleasure for lovers of languages and history. Learn about this singular language found today in the art and architecture of Egypt, previously known as Kemet, the ancient civilization that created Medu Neter. Visitors to Egypt today find the writings of Medu Neter on tombs, architectural ruins, temples and the grandeur of the pyramids. Not surprisingly, these writings today are known as “hieroglyphs”. Be introduced to the appropriate and accurate Medu Neter in this unique group experience.

Know Thyself Course

5-week course

Saturdays 1pm-3pm
April 10, 2021-May 8, 2021

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Knowledge is the hallmark of civilized human life. That special attribute which distinguishes human life from all other forms of life on this planet is the unique ability to acquire knowledge.  Knowledge is the capacity to know oneself and to have the ability to communicate that knowledge to others. The major premise of effective education must be “self-knowledge.”  In order to achieve the goals of identity and empowerment that we have described above, the educational process must be one that induces the awareness of who we are. An African American educational system rooted in self-knowledge must begin with African definitions in order to be successful in achieving its goals. The African self is a multidimensional occurrence that is represented within the individual person, but also transcends the individual; it is in the present, but also transcends time. If one could chart a two-dimensional concept of the African view of the self, it would represent the Soul (Spiritual), Tribal (Ancestral), Social (Relational), Personal (Mind), and Physical (Body).

Following the Kemetic Way of Life: Black History 101 Course

10-week Course

Mondays 7pm-8:30pm
April 5, 2021 - June 7, 2021

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This is an engaging, exciting, extraordinary historical course that travels into the beliefs, practices and way of life of the Kemetic people of Kemet. Kemet is the original name for Egypt, and the Kemetic people are ancestors of Black people today, and truly of all civilization, as we know it.  The word Kemet translated into today’s English means “The Black Land”. Learning the Kemetic way of life leads through centuries past more than 20,000 years ago, to an understanding of the origins of humankind and civilizations that have followed.  This knowledge will be linked to our present time and shown to greatly contribute to the advancement of our contemporary life and civilization of today.

Natural Solutions for Optimal Health COurse

10-week course

Saturdays 10am-11:30am
April 10, 2021 – June 12, 2021

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The Ankh Udja Seneb Center invites you to join us for Essential Oils with Guest Speaker Ana Ruiz, Plant Based Nutrition and Diet, Qigong & Tai Chi, Heart & Brain Coherence, Mind Matters, Healing & Recovery, Spiritual Wellness, Emotional Health, Healthy Relationships, and Socio-Economic Health. Learn about optimal health through the uses of natural solutions for Mental, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Socio-Economic Wellness!

Business Development and Entrepreneurship Course

10-week course

Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm
April 6, 2021-June 8, 2021

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To create a Business Organization is to give vision, structure, identity, meaning, purpose, and objectives to the lives of the community, organization’s staff, and membership. By definition ‘Business’ provides answers to questions like: Why are we here? What are we doing? etc. Business provides security, opportunity, support, prosperity, abundance, and meaning for its employees and memberships. In this course, participants will receive knowledge and resources on integral aspects of business organizations including vision, organization, structure, programs, and realization.

Business Planning Course

10-week course

Saturdays 11:30am-1pm                     April 10, 2021-June 12, 2021 -or-
Sundays 2:30pm-4pm                       April 11, 2021-June 13, 2021 -or-
Wednesdays 5:30pm-7pm               April 14, 2021-June 16, 2021

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Participants in this course will focus on taking the next step in transforming their entrepreneurial vision into a viable and fruitful business. Creating a business plan is in integral part of starting a business; it details necessary elements like operations, products and services, and marketing. In each weekly, interactive class, participants will be offered the tools, resources, and support to research and write each section of their business plans.

Optimal Health: Pyramids of Power Course

12-week Course

Sundays 4pm-5:30pm
April 4, 2021 - June 20, 2021

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This group will provide an extraordinary opportunity to learn about and attend to your personal health and that of your family, and share valuable information with friends. John Chissell, M.D., is the author of the outstanding book, Pyramids of Power, which provides an unexpected, dependable path to health and wellness. Dr. Chissell has developed a multidimensional practice for acquiring a healthy way of living that focuses on intellectual, emotional, physical, economic and spiritual aspects as indicators of optimal health. Participants will learn of Dr. Chissell’s personal life-threatening health concerns as a medical doctor, and his untiring search to discover solutions to return himself to health and wellness. Participants will learn Dr. Chissell’s methodology and how to apply it in their personal lives toward achieving personal optimal health.

Family Caregiver Support Group

10-week course

Tuesdays 1pm-2:30pm
April 6, 2021-June 8, 2021

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The Older Adult Behavioral Health (OABHI) is facilitating a weekly support group for family caregivers to connect with other family caregivers in a supportive and safe place. The group will provide for caregivers time to interact, share, and learn from others who provide in-home care for family with physical and/or cognitive needs. Often, connection with others experiencing similar challenges can provide much needed self-care.

Member-Exclusive Groups

Included with all memberships purchased March 20, 2021-May 30, 2021

Movement and Meditation


Mondays & Wednesdays 8am-9am
April 5, 2021 - June 28, 2021

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Join us every Monday and Wednesday morning for live, virtual tai chi, qi gong, and yoga meditations led by Ray Shellmire.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Etymologically, Taijiquan is a fist system based on the dynamic relationship between polarities (Yin and Yang). Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of tai chi are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.

Qigong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's intellectual and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are likely thousands of qigong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi (“subtle breath” or “vital energy”) and Gong (“skill cultivated through steady practice”). Our mission for this class is to help each individual find a path that best supports their personal goals, and to evolve this amazing energetic science.

Qigong opens the flow of energy in meridians used in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It enhances our ability to feel the Life Force underlying the physical world and to deepen our communication with it. Physically, slow gentle qigong movements warm tendons, ligaments, and muscles; tonify vital organs and connective tissue; and promote circulation of body fluids (blood, synovial, lymph). Thousands of studies have shown qigong effective in helping to heal life challenges ranging from high blood pressure and chronic illness to emotional frustration, mental stress, and spiritual crisis.

The term "Yoga" in the Western world often denotes a modern form of hatha yoga and yoga as exercise, consisting largely of the postures or asanas. The practice of yoga has been thought to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions; possibly in the Indus valley civilization around 3000 BCE. Yoga is mentioned in the Rigveda, and also referenced in the Upanishads. Yoga most likely developed as a systematic study around the 5th and 6th centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to the Upanishads. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the 2nd century BCE, and gained prominence in the west in the 20th century after being first introduced by Swami Vivekananda. Hatha yoga texts began to emerge sometime between the 9th and 11th century with origins in tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the West, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century with his adaptation of yoga tradition, excluding asanas. Outside India, it has developed into a posture-based physical fitness, stress-relief and relaxation technique. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology, ontology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

Hidden Colors: The untold story of the Aboriginal Moors and African Descended People

5-week Group

Wednesdays 7pm-8:30pm
April 7, 2021 - May 5, 2021

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A five-part documentary series by Tariq Nasheed of the untold history of Black, Aboriginal, Moor and African Descended People

Hidden Colors 1 – The Untold History of People Of Aboriginal, Moor and African Descent

Hidden Colors 2 – The Triumph of Melanin

Hidden Colors 3 – The Rules of Racism

Hidden Colors 4 – The Religion of White Supremacy

Hidden Colors 5 – The Art Of Black Warfare

America Divided to America United


2nd Friday of the Month 6:30pm-8:30pm
April 9, 2021 - June 11, 2021

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America Divided is a remarkable video series conceived and directed by the well-known director, Norman Lear, famous for his early T.V. “sit-coms” featuring race and economics in the TV creations of “All in the Family” and “Good Times”. Major divides in this country are explored that separate a hugely diverse American population by race, economics, and politics. This series tells the real-life stories of institutionalized and system barriers that create divisions in a criminal justice system that lacks justice; educational systems that fail to educate in poor and communities of color; lifestyle differences so great between the haves and have-nots, with poor White communities and communities of color creating the unfortunate have-nots; poor White and communities of color that are statistically known to live shorter, less healthy lives, both in terms of physical and emotional health; and, gentrification, that squeezes poorer Americans across racial lines into sub-standard housing, or no housing at all.  View and discuss each video and lend your creative thinking to redressing these grave issues of the American divide.

America United is a community forum which meets to review and discuss global and national issues and their impact of our community and communities around the world. It starts with the six-part documentary series America Inside Out with Katie Couric. Couric travels the country to speak with people bearing witness to the most complicated and consequential questions in America culture today.


1.  Re-Righting History – Katie Couric travels through the South to explore the controversy over removing confederate monuments.

2.  Muslim Next Door – Katie Couric learns about why this moment is a time of great pressure and opportunity for Muslim Americans.

3.  Your Brain on Tech – As tech begins to eradicate many of our everyday human interactions, Katie Couric explores the many ways that technology is upending our lives.

4.  The revolt = From famous actors to tech trailblazers to domestic workers, Katie Couric talks to change makers about why we still haven’t achieved gender equality.

5.  The Age of Outrage – On College campuses and small towns, Katie Couric talks with controversial speakers and student organizers about the idea of political correctness.

6.  White Anxiety – Katie Couric travels to rural and Rust Belt America to examine the real roots of anger and frustration among America white working class.