Storytelling as Liberatory Practice

by David Fakunle

This video by Dr. David Fakunle provides a brief overview of the art and science of storytelling, how the African oral tradition is being used in public health to elevate systemically suppressed perspectives, and why declaring one's unapologetic truth is a necessary step in catalyzing individual and collective freedom.

David Fakunle, PhD is a “mercenary for change,” employing any skill and occupying any space to help elevate everyone divested from their truest self. David serves as adjunct assistant professor at the University of Florida and associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and his interests include stressors within the built environment, manifestations of racism, and use of arts and culture to strengthen health, equity, and ultimately liberation. He additionally serves as chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first state-level body in the United States chronicling and bringing justice to racial terror lynchings.