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Book Discussion Group - "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome"

Join the conversation at the Book Discussion Group!

The spring 2018 book discussion group will explore Dr. Joy DeGruy's 2005 book, "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.

The second session will focus on the impact of dehumanization of African-Americans over centuries, our views of intelligence, and the experiences and responses to discrimination both individually and as a community.

 FREE  |  Open to the public  |  Ages 18 years+
New participants are always welcome (You do not have to read the book in advance to attend.)

Facilitated by:
 Erica Alexander-Maxwell, Crayon Box Consulting Group

About the book:

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (PTSS) by Dr. Joy DeGruy describes a set of behaviors, beliefs and actions associated with or, related to multi-generational trauma experienced by African Americans that include but are not limited to undiagnosed and untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in enslaved Africans and their descendants. With over thirty years experience in the mental health field, Dr. DeGruy encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors through the lens of history to gain a greater understanding of how centuries of slavery and oppression have impacted people of African descent in America. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome helps to lay the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being and sustained health of future generations and provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of society's beliefs, feelings, attitudes and behavior concerning race in America.

Where to get your copy:

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is availailable through major book sellers including Amazon, and through Dr. DeGruy's website, An e-book is available exclusively through Dr. DeGruy's website and PDF of the book's first edition can also be found online.


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Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Tanner Community Development Corporation
700 E. Jefferson St., 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85034