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  1. 1. Ruby L. Taylor, M.S.W.
  2. 2. DECEMBER 27, 1974 – AUGUST 4, 1991
  3. 3. <ul><li>Daniel loved his family and friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel loved bike racing. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Daniel was working hard to make it to the world cups. </li></ul><ul><li>His hard work paid off he was going to Chile December 1991 </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Completed his 11 th grade year at Harry S. Truman High School. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Daniel planned on graduating high school and attending Norfolk State to study computer programming </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel was afraid because a young man out of prison pulled a gun on him on his way home from summer school </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel was aware of the violence of the streets of the Bronx, New York </li></ul><ul><li>August 4, 1991 at the age of 16 years old Daniel was shot in the back of head by a stray bullet and died from the gun shot wound. He never made it to Chile. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Heritage Foundation Report </li></ul><ul><li>1991 and 1997 homicide data stated a 15 year-old African American male faces a probability of being murdered before reaching his 45 th birthday at a 2.21 national percentage compared to .29 percent for all white males. </li></ul><ul><li>African American males leading cause of death was murder. </li></ul><ul><li>In urban communities murder was a daily problem. </li></ul><ul><li>The United States Murder rate peaked in 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>Young African-American Males: Continuing Victims of High Homicide Rates in Urban Communities (May 2, 2000) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Dr. Jeffrey Fagan a professor at Columbia University and the director of Columbia’s Violence Research and Prevention stated murder was a infectious disease </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard Medical School researchers found that young teens who witnessed gun violence were more than twice as likely as non=witnesses to commit violence. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Felton Earls from Harvard Medical School based on their research stated murder was a socially infectious disease. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness , Erich Fromm stated the increase in violence in society is directly related to our inability to grieve outwardly. </li></ul><ul><li>According to Bertha Simos in 1960 thru 1975 juvenile crime tripled. The juvenile crime increase and divorce rate had a direct correlation during that period. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The experience of grief and loss is not limited to the death of a loved one—it also exists after a divorce, parental separation, relocation, imprisonment or any separation or ending. “ </li></ul><ul><li>Ruby L. Taylor, M.S.W. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Number one factor in gun violence is exposure to gun violence. </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to violence over whelming beat factors like poverty, drug use, or being raised by a single parent. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Increase grief, mourning and healing awareness. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance access to grief and healing support and resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease exposure to violence. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Glaser and Strauss is not trajectory 1 sudden death. The environment of 1991, Daniel being an African American male and looking at murder as a socially infectious disease cancels out sudden death. </li></ul><ul><li>Trajectory 3 was Daniel’s death trajectory because of study decline and unpredictable death point. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>A night after Daniel’s murder a teenage African American male was murdered in the same community Daniel’s murder came from. </li></ul><ul><li>African American and Urban Communities still struggles with violence and murder in our community 20 years after Daniel’s murder. </li></ul><ul><li>The males in the family (brothers) became emotionally distant from the family </li></ul><ul><li>A documentary about Daniel’s life and my personal grief and healing process was completed in 2010 and was shown in 3 film festivals and screened twice at the African American Museum Philadelphia. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>CONTACT ME (RUBY TAYLOR) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>917 Columbia Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>Suite 123 </li></ul><ul><li>Lancaster, PA 17603 </li></ul>