On February 8, 2017, Dr. Tony Jackson (Skyline College Psychology Department) delivered a searing and enlightening morning keynote address at a conference for the city of Berkeley, titled “Understanding the Plight of African American Men in the 21st Century: Increasing Hope and Creating Solutions.” The conference was a part of a Black History Month celebration sponsored by the city of Berkeley.
Dr. Jackson’s presentation, titled “Awakening The Warrior Within,” touched on the role of community terrorism, historical and cultural trauma, the impact of memetic infection and the neurobiology of stress in considering mental health outcomes for black men. The need for a balanced and holistic approach to mental health was emphasized. The keynote was well received and conference attendees traveled from all over the Bay Area to attend.
Article by Pcyeta Stroud | Image by Barbara White