â€œThe Open Bookâ€ explores the mental health epidemic of depression in the African American community: what it looks like, sounds like and feels like. Their aim is to alert, educate and transform individuals sufferingÂ from this illness who may be unaware.
The evening opens with a screening of the Healing Starts With Us â€œOpen Bookâ€ campaign highlights featuring narration by Jeff Johnson and poignant remarks from such notables as Moâ€™Nique, Ruby Dee, John Amos, Susan L. Taylor, Geoffrey Canada, Felicia â€œSnoopâ€ Pearson, Jamie Hector, Terry McMillan and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Acclaimed author and mental health advocate, Terrie M. Williams, will lead a special segment that will stimulate dialogue, awareness, inspiration and healing. Audience testimonials will be shared, and mental health professionals from the HSWU Wellness Team will be on hand to provide guidance and assistance.
A Call to Action â€œto end the stigma associated with depressionâ€ will be announced. For information about pledging, visit www.healingstartswithus.net.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is $25 and includes a limited edition autographed copy of Terrieâ€™s new book, â€œBlack Pain: It Just Looks Like Weâ€™re Not Hurting,â€ a complimentary tasting of Cake Man Ravenâ€™s famous Red Velvet Cake and a surprise guest performance.
Date: Thursday, January 15 at 7 pm
Location: Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Purchase Tickets: Click here
This event will be recorded by The Stay Strong Foundation.
No unauthorized filming, recording or photography allowed.
For more information, please contact:
Co-Sponsored by WBLS, Macyâ€™s, EmblemHealth,
The Loreen Arbus Foundation, Studio9
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