Taraji P. Henson is using her star power, hard work and determination to help stamp out the stigma surrounding mental health issues in the African-American community.
The 48-year old actress celebrated the launch of her nonprofit organization – The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation – which was named in honor of her father, with a fundraising event at a Beverly Hills home on Saturday.
Henson told People that she named the organization after her father because of “his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues.”
Taraji’s father died in 2006 at the age of 58 after battling liver cancer.
In her 2016 memoir Around the Way Girl Henson wrote, “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical or emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”
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