To culminate Black History Month activities at Coe, author Terrie M. Williams will give a presentation on her book “Black Pain: It Only Looks Like We’re Not Hurting.” The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Cherry Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
At Coe, Williams will discuss her experience dealing with "Black Pain." This is an emotional pain that uniquely and profoundly affects the Black experience as the root of lashing out through desperate acts of crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, workaholism, and addiction to shopping, gambling and sex.
She is a licensed clinical social worker and founder of The Terrie Williams Agency, which is one of the country's most successful African-American public relations and communications firms. The agency has worked with some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment and politics. Through her Stay Strong Foundation, Williams launched the national mental health advocacy campaign "Healing Starts With Us."
Williams has been recognized by numerous awards including The New York Women in Communications Matrix Award in Public Relations. She was the first woman of color to receive this award in its 70-year history. In addition, Williams was The Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine’s 2006 Eagle Fly Free Award recipient for her work as a depression survivor.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Brandeis University, Williams earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.For more information, call 399-8581 or visit coe.edu.