Demond Hill Jr. is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the mental health and emotional well-being of Black children and youth, their families, and communities. Utilizing critical theories and humanizing research methods, his research also focuses on designing public spaces and places of human flourishing with a focus on creating culturally relevant therapeutic environments that promote healing and holistic wellness. As a community-based scholar and mental health practitioner, he is unapologetically committed to collectively creating a liberatory world.
We interviewed Black people about where happiness comes from and whether 15 typical happiness practices work for them.
Play is a radical and liberatory activity for Black children. As adults, we have a responsibility to promote and participate in it, too.