Speaker Press Release


Frank Tortorici


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Dr. Jeannelle Perkins-Muhammad, 

Noted Relationships Expert on Racism’s Impact on Black Intimacy, to be a Featured Speaker at TEDxCharleston 2024

[Charleston, SC – April 9] – Dr. Jeannelle Perkins-Muhammad, international speaker and author, will illuminate the TEDxCharleston 2024 stage on April 17 at the Charleston Music Hall from 12:30 – 5PM. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices, performers and TED Talks videos under the theme “Uncharted.”  Dr. Jeannelle will speak on how racism negatively impacts the emotional and mental health of Black couples.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe. 

The purpose of TEDxCharleston is to gather inspiring people from the local community with diverse ideas to share the many untold stories of Charleston’s thinkers, visionaries, and fascinating teachers. The event provides a setting where new connections, partnerships and opportunities can be forged, offering a platform for Ideas Worth Spreading for consideration and action.

“TEDxCharleston prides itself on curating a lineup of powerful, impactful and inspiring speakers who represent a broad drainage of viewpoints, experiences, and expertise. Our 2024 event features a host of high impact individuals from the Lowcountry who bring thought provoking views on critical issues facing various aspects of our community. We welcome Dr. Jeannelle Perkins-Muhammad as a valuable contributor to the dialogues that will take place at our event,” said Mike Sottak, organizer for the 2024 event.

Dr. Jeannelle Perkins-Muhammad has more than two decades of experience addressing systemic racism and its unfortunate ramifications. She holds a BA in organizational communications, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision. The author of, Into-Me-See (River Grove Books), her work navigates the complexities of the psychological effects of racism, offering insights and solutions for overcoming the challenges that contribute to high divorce rates among Black families. Into-Me-See explores the challenges that Black couples have maintaining intimacy.

As a South Carolina state licensed supervisor, an adjunct professor at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and a Practicum Supervisor at Liberty and Capella Universities, Dr. Jeannelle aims to help develop a new generation of culturally competent clinical counselors.  She specializes in the intersection of race and mental health, particularly related to the Black experience, the history of American slavery, and its influence on Black Intimacy. Dr. Jeannelle believes that “the greatest generational wealth that can be bestowed is mental and emotional wellness.”

TEDxCharleston sponsors include Google, The Post & Courier and Carolina One Real Estate.

For more information about TEDxCharleston and to buy tickets, please visit or contact the Charleston Music Hall box office at 


About TEDxCharleston= independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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