• NULA Celebrates Black History Month

    For Black History Month, NULA wants to raise awareness about the needs of the community and empower people to seek various mental resources in Los Angeles County. We hope with this page you can learn more about Black History and Mental Health. We also offer resources specifically catered to the Black/African American Community.

  • Black History

    “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored." - NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr.

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     Carter G. Woodson


    Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) created Negro History Week in 1926 to honor Black Americans – a group long erased from the nation’s history.

    Carter G Woodson wanted young African Americans to know more about their heritage and the achievements of those who came before them. Woodson also had a political aim. He believed equality and justice stood a better chance if white Americans understood that the institution of slave labor was central to and feuled the country’s founding.

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    The African America Flag History

    The Pan-African flag also referred to as the UNIA flag, Afro-American flag or Black Liberation Flag is a tri-color flag consisting of three equal horizontal bands colored Red, Black, and Green. The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) formally adopted it on August 13, 1920, in Article 39 of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World, during its month-long convention held in the United States at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Variations of the flag can and have been used in various countries and territories in Africa and the Americas to represent Pan-Africanist ideology.

  • Black Psychology

    Also known as African Psychology, Black Psychology is a scientific field that primarily focuses on how people of the African Diaspora experience the world. Black Psychology emerged in the U.S. as the direct result of the conceptualization of Black people under Westernized notions in psychology. By Brianna J. Downey.


    We pause to honor some of the innovators in the field of mental health. We thank them for nuturing and advancing healing throughout the African diaspora.   

  • Pioneers 

    These early academics set the blueprint that ushered in a revolution in the field of mental health that would address the mental and emotional trauma of the Black experience in America and beyond.

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    Dr. Inez Beverly


    First Black Female Psychologist

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    Dr. Mamie & Dr. Kenneth Clark


    Pioneering Psychologists Behind the famed “Dolls Test” - Revealed the effects of social and structual oppression.

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    Dr. Robert Lee Williams II 


    The creator of the 100-question Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity

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    Dr. Frances Cress Welsing


    Author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (1991)

  • Trailblazers

    These brilliant trialbrazers are instrumental in transforming the field of mental health. 

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    Dr. Wade Nobles


    A Founding Member of The Association Black Psychologists

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    Dr. Linda James Myers


    Developed the theory of Optimal Psychology

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    Dr. Joy Degruy

    Social Work 

    Developed the theory Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Be the Healing

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    Dr. Na'im Akabar


    Instrumental in developing an African-centered approach in modern psychology