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Breaking the Psychological Chains of Slavery


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African-Americans have endured one of the most painful eras of American history – an era that has been normalized and justified not only by institutions that have been complicit with slavery but also by African-Americans themselves. Dr. Joy DeGruy is the author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”, she argues that African-Americans suffer from a deep psychological trauma that has been passed on through generations.

Dr. DeGruy explores African-American history, cultural behavior and the trauma of slavery and racism’s impacts on African-Americans and society as a whole. Dr. DeGruy advocates for recognition and collective healing.

Special thanks to Dr. Joy DeGruy and the California Institute of Integral Studies.



Dr. Joy DeGruy, researcher, educator and author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing; Belvie Rooks, educator, author and co-founder of Growing a Global Heart.



Dr. Joy DeGruy, full-length presentation

Q&A with Dr. Joy DeGruy & Belvie Rooks, author and co-founder of “Growing A Global Heart.”

For More Information:

Dr. Joy DeGruy: Be The Healing
The Resolution Project, dedicated to creating and promoting positive “new media” campaigns, curricula, books, products and strategies that foster intra-racial dialogue.
The National Resource Center for the Healing of Racism
Oneness, a community dedicated to eliminating racism and promoting theoneness of humanity through the use of music, the arts and education.
Growing A Global Heart
California Institute of Integral Studies: ConverZations that Matter Series

Articles and Books:
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary talks about herprovocative new book by Silja J.A. Talvi
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of EnduringInjury and Healing by Dr. Joy DeGruy
Breaking Rank, A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of AmericanPolicing by Norman Stamper
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks by Randall Robinson
Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell


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