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McKelvey School of Engineering

'Love Thyself': Black Women, Mental Health and Radical Joy in Troubled Times

Tuesday, May 4 | 4:30 PM

Virtual Event

The last year has exacerbated the realities of what Black women contend with in troubled times and all the time. With the convergence of a global health pandemic that disproportionately affects Black people, continued and heightened calls for racial justice, and systemic economic inequities, Black women find themselves contending with mounting intersecting pressures and traumas in their professional and personal lives that affect their mental health. Yet, Black women remain at the forefront of creating history, advancing progressive politics, and developing creative solutions to what ails their communities. This panel discussion will address how Black women should and do practice the duality of self-care as they contend with racism and sexism while simultaneously seeking and experiencing radical joy.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2) and the Department of African & African American Studies.

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Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Sciences


Humanities & Society



African and African-American Studies, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity
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Speaker Information

Kisha Holden, Professor and Director, Research and Scholarship, Pouissaint-Satcher Endowed Chair in Mental Health, Morehouse School of Medicine

Lynette Jackson, Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies and African American Studies, University of Illinois Chicago

Zakiya Luna, Associate Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara (affiliated with Feminist Studies)

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