Mental Health and Wellness Radio looks back on the lives of mental health activists Darnell Livingston, 54 and DeWitt Buckingham, 64. Both men are the founders of the speakers bureau, Black Men Speak. The members of Black Men Speak deliver speeches and talks about mental health, and share their own stories of recovery.
Black Men Speak!, a speakers bureau based in Alameda County, seeks to inform and enlighten the mental health community and the general public about issues concerning African American males with mental health and substance abuse challenges.
Black Men Speak! member DeWitt Buckingham discusses the taboo topic of incest occurring within the African American community. DeWitt explains the effects on victims (usually women), including depression, guilt, PTSD, and low self-esteem. He also shares what African American males can do to be positive role models, provide support to women, and end the cycle of sexual violence.