Our Team

The entire team at The Need To Know Group consists of competent, dedicated, and experienced professionals in various areas, including education and health, with years of experience.  You'll want to get to know them through our programming -- like the SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® Project, but you can learn more about our Founder and President by checking out the profile below.


   About Dr. Rhonda Sherrod


A powerful writer, dynamic orator, in demand scholar, and passionate activist, Rhonda Sherrod originally conceived and trademarked the SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® concept specifically to address the needs of Black women. The idea flowered while Dr. Sherrod was a pre-doctoral intern at Harvard Medical School.  Since then, however, because she received so much feedback from Black men who felt their needs were being addressed by aspects of the SHE framework, Dr. Sherrod has extended the concept to address the needs of the Black community in general. Now, SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® is used for workshops with men and in teaching workshops for educators. Dr. Sherrod has written essays about Black women, and newspaper articles about educational policy and about Barack Obama’s historic presidency, among other topics.  She has also conducted workshops at professional conferences, administered educational programs, spearheaded academic and community symposia, conducted research on violence among young African American males, and led groups designed to empower black women and enhance their ability to experience self-compassion. She works with clients as a life coach, too, specializing in issues concerning weight, holistic health, and wellness. Dr. Sherrod has appeared on several radio and television programs and presented several lectures and speeches before numerous groups and organizations, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conferences and the NAACP.  She also hosted a television program on cable television and wrote a column for The Huntsville Times newspaper in Alabama.  


Dr. Sherrod attended public schools in the western suburbs of Chicago.  She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in English from Chicago State University, and a law degree from the University of Texas.  She practiced law for several years prior to enrolling at Jackson State University where she had her doctorate conferred in clinical psychology.  A licensed psychologist in the state of Alabama, Dr. Sherrod completed her pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School before serving as a clinical fellow at Harvard.  She has also completed graduate classes in history and psychology at the University of Chicago and the Harvard University Extension School.




An Overview of our Team

Everyone you need in every field of endeavor

**James O. Grey, III is our business and technology expert.  He has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in liberal studies from DePaul University.


**Flora Bennett, B.A., is the website editor. 


**Shauna Murray is our administrative assistant.  




The Need To Know Group is composed of consultants in the fields of education, mental health, medicine, law, sociology, history, literature, and technology, among other areas; and they are available to conduct workshops, seminars, symposia, and ongoing programming on a variety of topics that the consultants consider important to the social and psychological health of various communities.  Collectively and individually our consultants have tremendous experience, including working on many college campuses and in several workplace environments. 



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Quote of the Month

        February, 2022


If you can control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his action.  When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do.  If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself.  I f you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door.  He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one."


Carter G. Woodson

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"The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people."


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"If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."


Carter G. Woodson




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"The oppressor has always indoctrinated the weak with his interpretation of the crimes of the strong."


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    “You are your best




        Toni Morrison


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  "I’m sick and tired of

    being sick and tired.”



    Fannie Lou Hamer,

  Human rights Activist




"I am a woman -- gorgeously designed, brilliant, charming, mysterious, funny, bewitching, cool, and, most of all, uniquely purposed. I am my own phenomenal being, and I own and govern myself!"


 Dr. Rhonda Sherrod



"Dipped in Chocolate, Bronzed in Elegance, Enameled with Grace, Toasted with Beauty.

My Lord, She's a Black Woman." 


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