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Step Into My Shoes: Memoirs From the Other Side of America

Guest Contributor:

Micah Dawanyi


Author of Step Into My Shoes: Memoirs From the Other Side of America

What does Black Mental Wellness mean to you?

Black mental wellness is the understanding and capability to allow yourself to experience your full range of emotions as necessary. As Black people, historically we have not been given the opportunities to fully express ourselves, and society has conditioned us to think that it is not okay to open up and express our emotions. It would be inaccurate for me to say Black mental wellness equates to being happy all of the time. But instead, one should develop the capability to feel the full range of their emotions and understand those emotions. Black mental wellness equates to being emotionally in-tune with yourself or working to get to that place.

What are some upcoming events you are leading, that promote mental health and wellness, that you would like for our Black Mental Wellness audience to know about?

I am about to release the 5-part spin-off series from my book, which is also titled “Step Into My Shoes.” I’ve recruited some special guests to speak on the series, and we’ll be discussing topics like eradicating mental health stigmas in the black community, connecting black Americans to our African origins, finding our unique voices and identities, the role parents play in the emotional well-being of kids (specifically relating to the black community), and so much more.