Lay My Burden Down

Alvin F. Poussaint (Author) Amy Alexander (Author)
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Through stories (including their own), interviews, and analysis of the most recent data available, Dr. Alvin Poussaint and journalist Amy Alexander offer a groundbreaking look at 'posttraumatic slavery syndrome, ' the unique physical and emotional perils for black people that are the legacy of slavery and persistent racism. They examine the historical, cultural, and social factors that make many blacks reluctant to seek health care, and cite ways that everyone from the layperson to the health care provider can help

Product Details

Beacon Press
Publish Date
October 12, 2001
6.54 X 0.6 X 8.02 inches | 0.51 pounds

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About the Author

Alvin F. Poussaint is a renowned scholar, psychiatrist, and consultant. He studied at Columbia University and Cornell University, and is currently at Harvard Medical School, where he serves as the dean of students. He is the author and coauthor of many articles and publications including Raising Black Children and Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans.

Amy Alexander is an award-winning content producer. A 2008 Alfred Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, she has contributed to many prominent publications, including the Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Village Voice, Washington Post, and the Nation. She has also written for and, and was associate producer of NPR's Tell Me More, with Michel Martin. Her works include Lay My Burden Down, coauthored with Alvin Poussaint, MD, and Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.