Dr. Joy DeGruy from the Cracking the Codes Film Is FOCAL’s 41st Annual Conference Keynote Speaker!

Dr. Joy DeGruy II

FOCAL is delighted to bring Dr. Joy DeGruy to Montgomery as our 41st Annual Conference keynote speaker on November 16th, 2013 at Troy University Montgomery. Participants from the Raising the Curtain on Race Conference will remember Dr. Joy from Dr. Shakti Butler’s (last year’s keynote) groundbreaking film on race and privilege, Cracking the Codes. Dr. Joy is a researcher, educator, author and presenter. An assistant professor at Portland State University, Dr. DeGruy has over twenty-five years of practical experience in social work, numerous journal articles and has developed the “African American Male Adolescent Respect Scale”, an assessment instrument designed to broaden understanding of the challenges facing these youth in an effort to prevent their over-representation in the justice system.

Her book, Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing addresses the residual impact of trauma on African descendants in the Americas. Dr. Joy lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, opens up discussion of how we can eliminate non-productive attitudes, beliefs and adaptive behaviors and, build upon the strengths we have gained from the past to heal injuries of today. Through her lectures, workshops and seminars, Dr. Joy shines a light on the critical issues affecting society. Her seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues.

FOCAL’s 41st Annual Conference and SRBWI Convening’s theme is Family Engagement: Building Sustainable Health, Wealth, & Spiritual Healing. We will kick off the conference on Friday, November 15th at 10:00 AM at the Capitol steps for the second annual Stand for Children Celebration. Friday evening FOCAL membership will meet from 4:30-5:30 at the Drury Inn and Suites Hotel and from 6:30-8:00 PM FOCAL will host a Raising the Curtain on Race Conversation also at the Drury.

Join us at the conference on Saturday, November 16th at Troy University Montgomery as we experience a moderated Equal Voice Town Hall session, Dr. Joy’s dynamic presentation on healing, and afternoon workshops on areas such as parent organizing, farm to preschool and healthy living, storytelling, and common law and policies that affect Alabama’s families. We encourage you to bring or sponsor youth ages 13-19 for the conference! Youth will have their own program which will include an empowerment session and presentation to the conference on what they have learned during the day.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience healing and conversation with Dr. Joy! View and print the registration brochure and send in your form and fee today!

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