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The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Lecture at Hope College will feature the Dr. Joy DeGruy, a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter, on Monday, January 21, 2019, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial ChapelThe evening’s theme is, “We Have Been Here Before: Challenges and Courageous Alternatives.” 

The public is invited. Admission is free. 

Dr. Joy DeGruy is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present. Dr. Joy is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. 

Dr. DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications; two master degrees in Social Work and Clinical Psychology; and a PhD in Social Work Research. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives a practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.

Through lectures, workshops, seminars and special guest appearances, Dr. Joy has shined a light on the critical issues affecting society. Those who have experienced Dr. Joy in person can tell you that they have been “stimulated, enlightened and inspired.” Dr. Joy’s seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues.

Dr. Joy DeGruy previously spoke at for the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion. 

DeGruy’s presentation is sponsored by Herman Miller Inc. and the college’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, multicultural student organizations, and the GROW Collaboration, and is taking place as part of the college’s annual Civil Rights Celebration week.  The week honors all persons and groups who have worked toward the advancement of civil rights and social justice, and is organized in conjunction with the national commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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