Author Addresses Challenges of Growing up in “My Silent Loud”
NCCU adjunct professor Malik Muhammad, PH.D., still remembers feeling left out and misunderstood as a child, especially after moving from his hometown of Chicago to Palo Alto, Calif.
“I was kind of thin and shy, without athleticism or rapping abilities,” Muhammad said. “Sometimes it seemed really hard to fit in.” After graduating from college and moving to North Carolina to complete his doctorate, Muhammad established a successful career as a psychology practitioner and teacher.
Then, one day he heard his own 7-year-old son ask a question that brought back a rush of memories.
“My son asked his mom: 'Do you believe in me?'” Muhammad recalled. “It was a critical moment, but my wife had a perfect answer: ‘Hell, yes, I do!’ And I began thinking about the many children who might not get that kind of an answer. So, I wrote this book for them.”
“My Silent Loud: The Voice Inside Every Black Boy” was published in June 2019 by Supreme Noir Publishing.
The author hopes it can help families better understand their children’s feelings.