Breaking the Psychological Chains of Slavery

Saturday, 09 February 2013 11:22 By Esther Manilla, National Radio Project | Radio Report
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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.

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Esther Manilla

Esther Manilla is Interim Producer for the National Radio Project. Esther has been working in radio for the past ten years as a producer and production assistant. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Next Generation, KALW and other NPR affiliate stations as well as Pacifica Radio Network. In June of 2008 she was recognized with the Project Censored Award for the historic broadcast of Winter Soldier, Iraq & Afghanistan 2008, Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations. She is the former producer for KPFA’s Morning Show and currently volunteers as a segment producer for La Raza Chronicles and music host at KPFA 94.1 FM. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2007 with double Bachelors Degree in Broadcasting Electronic Communication Arts and in LA RAZA/Latino studies.   Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a strong advocate for the arts and serves on the Board for La Pena Arts and Cultural Center and continues her own artistic endeavors thru music, photography & media.


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