Taylor Memorial UMC Hosts Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Author for MLK Weekend

January 09, 2014

Taylor Memorial UMC, 1188 12th Street, Oakland, CA, will hold its 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event featuring Dr. Joy De Gruy-Leary, scholar and author of "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS)."  PTSS is an explanatory theory which posits that centuries of slavery in the United States, followed by systemic and structural racism and oppression, have resulted in multigenerational maladaptive behaviors, which originated as survival strategies.  The syndrome continues because children whose parents suffer from PTSS will often be indoctrinated into the same behaviors, long after the behaviors have lost their contextual effectiveness.    
A "train the trainers" event will take place with Dr. De Gruy-Leary on Sunday, January 19, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. This event is designed for professionals who work closely with African American families: sociologists, psychologists, family and marriage therapists, psychiatric social workers, African American fraternities and sororities, etc. Cost is $100 and includes the workshop and luncheon.  For more information, click here. To register, click here.        
On Monday, January 20, Dr. De Gruy-Leary will be the keynoted speaker for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Mistress of Ceremony will be Lady Ray, Renel Brooks-Moon, from 106-KMEL-Clear Channel, and the Public Address Announcer for the San Francisco Giants. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will be in attendance, as well as District Three Councilmember, Lynette McElhaney, Alameda County Supervisor, Keith Carson, and District Five Councilmember, Pat Kernighan. Local students and community groups will perform.
For more information, contact Taylor Memorial UMC at (510) 444-6162, or taylorumc@gmail.com. The church's website is www.taylorchurch.org.