By Matt StaufferA gay activist is the new face of the movement for gay rights.
But for the past few years, he’s been the face of something else: an eye movement therapy movement that uses black power and other powerful messages to influence the minds of black Americans.
“It’s been a long road to the movement,” said Dr. Charles Clark, an eye care specialist and founder of the Eye Movement Therapy Project.
“It’s not easy.
But I think what it’s done is changed how we think about race.”
Clark is not alone.
Eye movement therapists are a burgeoning movement that’s been pushing the idea of racial justice since at least the 1970s.
These therapists focus on healing the eye’s damage to the brain, including the way the eye responds to trauma.
They also use language like “black consciousness” to promote racial reconciliation.
The movement is gaining more mainstream support, with the U.S. Department of Justice launching a project last year to study eye movement therapies.
“The Black Power Movement was very much about black power,” said David Jones, the director of the Center for Eye Movement Treatment and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“But it was really about healing the damage of racism.”
Jones, a native of Baltimore, became a “black power healer” after he saw his eyes hurt and couldn’t take it anymore.
He began seeing other eye care professionals, and eventually developed the eye movement as a treatment for his own eye problems.
“Black people had lost a lot of their power,” Jones said.
“I didn’t want to give up the power to do what I did for the rest of my life.”
He believes that eye movement therapists help people overcome their own racism by using the healing power of the eye to heal and change the world.
But the movement isn’t just about healing black people.
It’s also about changing the world for the better.
For instance, the Eye movement therapy program uses a racial justice framework to make its claims.
“What you can do is you can go out and find out what you want to do and what your dream is,” Clark said.
“There’s a lot that you can change,” said Lee Edwards, who founded the Eye Movement Therapy Project in 2005.
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Dr. Howard Pfeifer, an ophthalmologist and founder and director of Eye Movement Therapies, said he believes the eye movements can be used to improve the health of black communities, especially in inner cities.
“You can take out a whole system that’s based on racism and say, ‘Well, that’s the problem,'” he said.
For Edwards, this meant moving to Atlanta.
He said he and his colleagues at the Eye Treatment Clinic and the Eye Foundation of Atlanta began using eye movements as a way to help people of color.
“People can be the change, and they can actually heal and they actually make things better,” he said, adding that the Black Lives Matter movement is part of this movement.
“We have a lot to say,” Edwards said.
He added that many of the people he works with are still learning about eye movements, but he said that they are starting to feel empowered.
“These people are taking an eye, looking at it and saying, ‘Oh, there’s something there,'” Edwards said, referring to the healing effects of eye movements.
“They’re starting to see themselves differently.”
This story originally appeared on ABC News’ “Nightline” program.