Wednesday, 04 May 2011
I was always an admirer of Ashley Judd’s humanitarian work and found it inspirational; my husband has always been a huge fan of her film career. So when the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University announced she would be a speaker on April 15th, how could we pass up the opportunity to see and hear her speak.
The forum event was wonderful. Ashley is an amazing speaker: she is eloquent, sweet and funny all at the same time and her charming southern drawl slips out during her jokes. Her story is powerful and full of indignation for the child slavery and abuse she has witnessed in Southeast Asia, the Congo and other places she’s traveled. Although she never specifically mentioned her depression, she referenced her time treatment and how her own trauma from younger years triggered strong emotional responses to what she was witnessing and propelled her to write the book All That is Bitter and Sweet.
At the end of the event she took questions and signed books. I didn’t have one at the moment, so my husband rushed out into the lobby to buy her book: just so I could have the opportunity to meet her and hand her a note from our Families for Depression Awareness president. To my pleasant surprise, she accepted it and responded with a kind email the following Monday. Now, we are exploring opportunities to work with her in the future.
By Kimberly, Outreach Specialist