The Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA) is pleased to invite you to the 3rd Annual Dr. Maxie T. Collier VIP Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Dr. Maxie T. Collier Awards Ceremony virtual celebration, to be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021, is a fundraiser and celebration of the life, work and vision of BMHA’s principal founder, Dr. Maxie T. Collier and individuals that exemplify this vision. This year’s theme: “Honoring and Celebrating Our Legacy, Our Healing, Our Moment” speaks to the ever present resilience and need to support the emerging mental health issues in the black community. BMHA for more than 35 years has been a mental health and social advocacy nonprofit organization providing a trusted forum to lead and promote culturally grounded approaches to behavioral health access, quality and integration for the black community. Our work is more critical than ever and we are excited to celebrate the brilliance and resilience of those who labor in this work.
Psychologist, Author , Former Professor at Norfolk State, Former Chairman of Morehouse College
From a global perspective Na’im Akbar has been acclaimed by Essence Magazine as “one of the world’s preeminent Psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology.” Akbar has served as Associate Professor at Norfolk State University, was Chairman of the Morehouse College Psychology Department and for the majority of his academic career was on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. He has served on the Boards of Directors of a variety of important civic and professional organizations, including several terms on the Board of the National Association of Black Psychologists, to which he was elected president in 1987.
Internationally Recognized Scientist, Author, Speaker and Media Contributor
A sought-after mental health expert, Dr. Alfiee’s media work includes hosting her video podcast “Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee”, which is currently airing Season 2, and addresses mental health issues in BIPOC youth, young adults across all marginalized identities (i.e. LGBTQ+ and disabilities). She regularly appears on media platforms like CNN, NBC, Refinery29, Black Enterprise, Dr. Oz, Shape Magazine, Roland Martin Unfiltered, Areva Martin’s Special Report, National Press Foundation, NPR, and others. Widely recognized for her ability to draw in audiences and inspire, she embodies her belief that there is enough love and light (informed by strong culturally relevant science) to help everyone achieve #optimalmentalhealth.
President, Co-Founder, Visionary, Roberta’s House
Annette R. March-Grier, a Top Ten CNN Hero, 2014, is President and Co-Founder of Roberta’s House, a globally recognized nonprofit grief support center based in Baltimore, MD. Roberta’s House provides grief education, peer support groups, and grief camps to children, adults, and families in underserved communities in Maryland. After recognizing the disparity of unresolved grief and loss in urban communities and its impact, Annette Co-Founded Roberta’s House along with the March family to address the needs of unresolved grief in 2007.
Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI)
Hill has served as a consultant for the National Guild for Community Arts
Education, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation,
and a multitude of school districts and organizations throughout the U.S. and
Canada. Hill has received a Congressional Citation from the U.S. House of
Representatives for his work as a cultural arts organizer and has presented at
the White House and the U.S. Department of Education on the power of African-
centered rites of passage and the cultural arts in Black communities with high
rates of poverty.
Co-Founder and Director of the Healing and Performing Arts of the Youth Resiliency (YRI)
On stage, Navasha embodies the indigenous feminine spirit and inspires women throughout the world. Grammy-Award winning songstress India Arie described Navasha’s voice as “the true definition of soulful.” Navasha was nominated for female vocalist of the year for the Soultracks Reader’s Choice Awards and has charted at #2 on both Japan’s jazz and dance iTunes charts numerous times. In addition to her solo career as an indie-soul artist, Navasha toured from 2013 – 2015 as a guest artist, singing with the Grammy Award winning a capella group “Sweet Honey In The Rock.” Prior to her solo releases, Navasha served as lead vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of the highly acclaimed Baltimore based soul/jazz band, Fertile Ground.