Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope (2016, 68 minutes) explores how stress caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can devastate children’s lives, especially those living in poorer communities. These experiences, including sexual, emotional, or physical abuse, can lead to a whole host of illnesses and self-destructive behaviors later in life, from eating disorders to heart disease, to cancer and suicide. The film’s overall message is that we should be investing in mental health treatments for children as early as possible.
This series is named in honor of Rev. Grady W. Powell, Sr., of Petersburg, Virginia, who has served on the VHS board since 1996 and as honorary vice chair since 2011, and is instrumental in the development of relevant and accessible programming. He presided over the historic Gillfield Baptist Church, founded in 1788, for thirty-six years.
Created Equal is hosted by the VHS in partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center, and supported in part by Diversity Richmond’s VHS Guy Kinman Research Award.
2017 Created Equal Film Series, in honor of Grady W. Powell is presented by Bon Secours.
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