Beverly Gooden

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Beverly Gooden
Born November 24
Cleveland, OH, U.S.
Country United States

Beverly Gooden is a public speaker, writer, and social activist. She is author of the book, Confessions of a Church Girl.[1] Confessions was nominated for a 2007 African American Literary Book Award.[2] She is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.


Early life[edit]

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Beverly attended several high schools before graduating from St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio. In 2005, Beverly graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Communications. She went on to attend Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Pastoral Studies, and graduated with a master's in social justice. Following the Financial crisis of 2007–08, Beverly worked for various government and nonprofit agencies to secure or administer grants and resources for those affected by the crisis. As a grant recipient of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 housing funding, Beverly worked with organizations to find stable and affordable housing for families facing housing insecurity.

Ray Rice Controversy[edit]

On September 8, 2014, Beverly started the Twitter hashtag #WhyIStayed in response to the Ray Rice elevator video that TMZ released. Herself a survivor of domestic violence, she outlined some of the reasons why a person would stay in an abusive relationship. The hashtag created a global movement to give survivors of domestic violence a voice and end victim-blaming.

She has been featured on Good Morning America,[3] CNN,[4] TIME,[5] The Washington Post,[6] Mic,[7] HLN,[8] Inside Edition,[9] and more.

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