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Renowned Author Joy DeGruy Is Guest Author for Maryland Regional Human Rights Forum

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 4, 2018

Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of The Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: American’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, will be the guest lecturer for the 2018 Maryland Association of Human Relation/Rights Agencies Civil and Human Rights Forum. The event will be held on Monday, May 7 at the North Laurel Community Center located at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel.

DeGruy is internationally-renowned researcher, educator and author who will share highlights of her work, which lays the foundation for understanding how the past has influenced and continues to influence the present. With over twenty years of experience as a professional researcher and instructor in the field of social work, she offers practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that inform the basis of contemporary American society.

Following the 90-minute lecture will be a question-and-answer session, book-signing and reception. Copies of Degruy’s book will be available for purchase.

This free event is open to the public. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Register at

Montgomery County Office of Human Rights joins Prince George’s County Human Rights Commission, Howard County Human Rights Commission, the City of Baltimore Human Relations Commission and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights in sponsoring the presentation.

The Maryland Association of Human Relations/Rights Agencies is an association of all state and local human relations and human rights agencies in the state of Maryland. Montgomery County Office of Human Rights is one of the founding agencies of this association. The association provides training, education and professional development for agencies, directors, staffs and appointed commissions. Its member agencies throughout the state are the premier human and civil rights professionals in their communities.

For more information contact: James Stowe at 240-777-8490 or email

Release ID: 18-543
Media Contact: Judy Stiles 240-777-6537