Sister Circle Program


Photograph by Yolanda C. Jones.


The Sister Circle program provides an array of mental health and wellness programs to reach and serve Black women and women of color.

In particular, Sister Circle aims to meet the unique needs of women of color in the following ways:

  • Culturally responsive mental health counseling and treatment to heal culturally based trauma

  • Social support groups that create safe and nurturing spaces for women to heal and build community

  • Neighborhood-based education and outreach and collaboration with other agencies and communities

Special Events


Sister circle presents LaTanya McQueen Book Discussion

Thursday, March 14, 5:30-7 pm, The Women's Initiative, 1101 East High St.

Join with other Black women to discuss selections from LaTanya McQueen's book of essays And It Begins Like This, ahead of her reading at the Virginia Festival of the Book as a part of The Women's Initiative's Challenge into Change Celebration. McQueen's essays weave together historical and genealogical research, folklore, Biblical passages, literary theory and criticism, and personal memory to examine the legacy of slavery and its relationship to Black female identity in contemporary America.

A limited number of copies of And It Begins Like This are available through The Women's Initiative. Call (434) 872-0047 for more information. Copies are also available at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library or for purchase via Black Lawrence Press.

Some of McQueen’s essays from her book are also available online:

For more information about this program, contact Shelly Wood or Alyson Stewart