Closing his eyes, Danny Fluker Jr. released a soft “om” from his mouth, leaning deeper into his yoga pose. Appreciating the sunlight on his skin, he looked around the room, humbled to see it full of Black men.
Fluker established Black Boys Om in 2018 which went from being a small Atlanta collective to an international grassroots organization with over 2,100 community spaces and 300 Black male Yoga instructors.
The program centers healing for Black men and boys, teaching them yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices.
Historically, enslavers did everything to emasculate Black men. They wanted to intentionally break their spirits.
An unfortunate legacy that came from this was the toxic coping response to “man up,” and that “Black boys don’t cry.”
The Black Boy Om community is actively dismantling this narrative by providing Black men and boys with wellness programs that focus on unpacking trauma, developing constructive life habits, and encouraging them to be emotionally vulnerable with themselves and other Black men.
Black men are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than Black women. Let’s destroy the narrative that Black Boys and men don’t need care, softness, support, and safe spaces to cry.
We ALL need consistent TLC if we are going to beat anti-Blackness. How are you cultivating space your community can be vulnerable in?
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