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Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration: From Mental Illness to Public Wellness
June 11 @ 8:45 am-11:45 amFree
Jails and prisons have become de facto psychiatric holding facilities, with as many as half of incarcerated individuals dealing with mental illness. This four-part virtual series, hosted by Metropolitan State University, is addressing the criminalization of those with mental health disorders and where we need to direct our organizing and activism.
UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO MASS INCARCERATION (URMI) 2021 SERIES, SESSION 2: NAOMI GAINES-YOUNG
In the second session of the series, Naomi Gaines-Young will present “Post-Trauma, Present Problems, and Soul Solutions: How the Healing of the Souls of African Americans is Thwarted by the Censorship and Elimination of Culturally Positive and Spiritual Hip-Hop.” This keynote address will provide a brief history of how the culture of Hip-Hop was hijacked and exploited for profit, and has been used to fuel the engine of police genocide and mass incarceration of black men, and to sexualize black women. She will also address how—and why—some rap artists, usually unknowingly, participate in the residual destruction of themselves and the Black community.
Following her talk with audience Q&A, we will gather in circle discussions to address plans for action.
Register at https://minnstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsfu-qqzwoG9Ns9K0y2bzK0wNFIZhjhK7G
This virtual Zoom event is free and open to the public. We look forward to community participation!
ABOUT NAOMI GAINES-YOUNG
Naomi Gaines-Young is a published author, singer, emcee, songwriter, and mental health advocate. She became an infamous figure after the death of one of her twin sons by infanticide in 2003, due to her untreated mental illness. Since her release from prison in 2016, she has dedicated her skills, talents, and her artistry to raising awareness about the dangers of ignoring mental health issues, especially within her own community. She seeks to both enlighten and inspire change and thoughtfulness while utilizing various mediums to foster growth and intellectual development about health and cultural wellness in her community and for mental and social health professionals alike.
Naomi Gaines-Young is passionate about helping others who live with mental illness get the help they need by bringing awareness with her public speaking and activism in the community. She lives her life in service to the many who suffer in silence as she did, especially within the African American community. She seeks to end the cycle of guilt and shame, having purged herself of this debilitating state of mind. Ms. Gaines-Young speaks openly and honestly about the loss and pain in her past while moving forward in her future.
Therissa Libby, PhD, she/her
Associate Professor and Graduate Programs Director
MS in Alcohol and Drug Recovery Counseling
MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling
Metropolitan State University (On Historical Lands of the Dahkóta People)
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The URMI 2021 Series: From Mental Illness to Public Wellness is hosted by Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Human Services Department, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.
- June 11
8:45 am-11:45 am
- Event Categories:
- Black History, Educational event, Health/Wellness event, Lecture/Seminar, Social Justice
- Event Tags:
- activism, African American trauma, Black mental health, mass incarceration, mental health
- Metropolitan State University
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