Damon "Shuja" Johnson (he/him) was born and raised in Oakland, California. Over the years, Damon has made an impact in his community through social and civic services and is the founder of Black Men Speak, Inc. an organization promoting healing and restorative justice to Black and Brown men and women.
Empowerment of the African America mental health community, as well as working with communities of color.
Black Men Speak, Inc specializes at the intersection of restorative justice, cultural representation, and mental health access for Black and Brown people. Our programs center the 8 dimensions of wellness and support the whole individual in a restorative manner.
Creating new programs and building capacity within the Black Men Speak organization. I'm excited about the new Forensic Peer Specialist program development.
We live in a world where Black men are constantly dehumanized and devalued; ableism is one head of the multi-headed demon we face. To do this work, we recognize the need to meet people where they are, whether they be disabled, or with limited ability, mentally and physically. BMS has invested in collective freedom by removing ourselves from the isolation imposed on us by society. Black men, especially those who are disabled, share space offered here to find wellness and clarity through their previously silenced voices. But in order to do that, we have to provide people with access.
I dedicate my work to all of the other brothers and sister who are still incarcerated and still in the prison system. Black Men Speak is a program that is waiting for you with open arms and resources when you get home.
My Grand Mother Grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. Stillwell and the many unsung common folks.
Book: Vision For Black Men, by Dr. Naneem Akbar and many more.
Subscribe to POCC newsletter, visit Black Men Speak.org, and watch the The Wendel Al-meen Show (CH. 29) on Youtube.
Young age vs old age and the pros and cons.
Time to myself and work on cars of mine.
The Transistance Network
Black Inmate Commissary Fund
Indigenous Karuk and Yaruk Ceremonial Leader
Sovereign Spirit Death Care
Cofounder, CEO of BE-IMAGINATIVE
Freedom Community Clinic
Somatic Experience Practitioner
Cofounder, The Grinding Stone Collective
Nature Center for Meditation
Black Men Speak, Inc.
Peer Support Space
Black Boys Om Inc
Gender Expansive Liberationist Medicine Person
Founder, Rising Hearts
Assistant Professor of Linguistic and Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado Boulder
Anishinaabe Cultural Specialist, Anishaable Agriculture
Founder, Black Mermaids
Cofounder, Toj + Tijax
The Dream Experiment
I Am Yoga CLT
Founder, Pink Opal Magic
Founder, Financial Liberation Movement
TouchBot Pleasure Tech
Founder, Queer Kanaka
Black Creative Healing
End of Life Doula
Founder, Latinx Grief
Founder, Postpartum Healing Lodge
Founder, Zepp Wellness
Transgenerational counselor, Acupuncturist and Reiki practitioner
Founder, Keep It Cute
Executive Director, Semillas y Raices
Founder, Tristan Katz Creative
Founder, Ancestors in Training
Founder, Xude Yoga
Rest In Power Yoga + Reiki