Vanzant says that viewers will see how important it is to bring disparate groups o a community together to effect change. Some of the young men and women who led the unrest and the looting needed a voice and a way to find a sense of purpose, Vanzant believes.
“You have pockets of groups – you got this group and that group and the groups aren’t communicating. I was able to put certain groups together. But the most important group was the young men on the street from 19-30. These are the people whose voices need to be heard.
I’m grateful and I’m proud that we were able to put together unlikely pairings – former gang bangers sitting with two of the community school board leaders. Young men who have dropped out of school who were just in the streets, looking for something to do. We put them with men in the church and community leaders. I didn’t go there to end institutional racism. I went there as a coach to give people a game plan so they can win.”
Iyanla’s plan of action was simple and applicable not just to Ferguson but to a number of situations. She says in the midst of a crisis its essential to do four things – Pause, Plan, Prepare, Participate.
“Before we start tearing down our community and antagonizing the police we gotta do four things. We gotta pause and get clear. What are you asking for? Then we gotta plan, you need a plan A, a plan B and a plan C. Then you gotta prepare. Everybody’s not going to be able to be out there marching for the next six, seven, eight months. You gotta go back to work, you gotta go back to school.
You need to have a clearly articulated plan. And then you gotta participate. Everybody’s got to participate at the level that they can.” Vanzant is staying in communication with some of the people she met in Fergusion and says she plans to follow up her visit in a few weeks. Healing In Ferguson airs tonight at 9 p.m. on OWN.
Iyanla: Fix My Life – Special Report: Healing In Ferguson airs tonight on OWN at 9 pm ET/PT.
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Remembering Mike Brown On His 19th Birthday (May 20, 1996- August 9, 2014)
1. Mike Brown, just a normal 18-year-old on his way to college1 of 30
2. Mike Brown playing around with a family member2 of 30
3. Mike Brown's mother Lesley McFadden and father, Michael Brown, Sr. at a press conference.3 of 30
4. Lesley McSpadden, Mike Brown's mother and his stepfather, Louis Head, comfort each other after his death.4 of 30
5. Residents of Ferguson, Missouri create a memorial where Mike Brown was killed.5 of 30
6. Clergy and residents gather in Ferguson.6 of 30
7. Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson.7 of 30
8. Police and protestors come face to face in Ferguson.8 of 30
9. Riot police on the scene in Ferguson, Missouri.9 of 30
10. Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.10 of 30
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12. Peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri.12 of 30
13. Howard University students stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri.13 of 30
14. National Moment of Silence protest around the country, this one shut down Times Square14 of 30
15. Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson changes the police tone in Ferguson, Missouri.15 of 30
16. Milwaukee, Wisconsin protestors stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri.16 of 30
17. Out of the mouths of babes.17 of 30
18. A candle for peace glows as part of a vigil in St. Louis18 of 30
19. Teens in Philadelphia observe the NMOS'14. It's all about LOVE.19 of 30
20. Mike Brown allegedly involved in store confrontation/robbery before his death.20 of 30
21. Police stats from Ferguson, Missouri.21 of 30
22. Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.22 of 30
23. Police officers confront protesters Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.23 of 30
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25. Police shoot pepper spray toward protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.25 of 30
26. In this aerial photo,people look at a row of charred cars at a used car dealership, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo.26 of 30
27. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Dallas, TX.27 of 30
28. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Atlanta, Georgia.28 of 30
29. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Boston, Massachusetts.29 of 30
30. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.30 of 30
Iyanla Vanzant Helps Healing In Ferguson On ‘Fix My Life’ was originally published on blackamericaweb.com