By: Jen Russon
When Micah Dawanyi graduated from Coral Glades High School in 2018, he was already one of 17 recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship.
The now 19-year old has applied those funds to a double major in health science and psychology at Nova Southeastern University, where he says an affinity for public speaking led to the writing of his first book.
“After giving a speech about some of the issues affecting the Black community, a classmate came to me, sympathizing with my experiences. I told her there was no need to feel sorry. I simply wanted people to step into my shoes,” said Dawanyi.
The 20-minute speech he made that culminated in a book was released on July 30 of this year.
Step Into My Shoes: Memoirs From the Other Side of America are Dawanyi’s personal stories of racial tension and transcending the pain and frustration of being treated as less than in predominantly White parts of the country, simply for the color of his skin.
Using historical context throughout the 78-page book, Dawanyi also counts himself lucky — not only for his upbringing in Coral Springs, where he continues to reside but for the excellent education that makes his constant march toward self-improvement and a brighter future possible.
”If you step into my shoes, you will see they are worn and uncomfortable, but they aren’t battered to the point of no return,” said the author.
Dawanyi said he designed the book’s cover and converted his manuscript to Kindle, where it is available for $2.99.
In December, Dawanyi is launching a Soundcloud podcast, which he thinks will keep sales of the book trending upward.
“The launch of my podcast is to continue conversations about racial injustice and how to improve society for everyone,” he said.
The intrepid teenager is now old enough to vote and has devoted parts of his book to the importance of exercising civil rights and getting out the vote on November 3.
Dawanyi said his Instagram @Micah19_ keeps fans aware of Step Into My Shoes plans and alerts people to future books of his with big shoes to fill.
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- Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at the imprint www.swallowpublishing.com. She lives in Coral Springs with her family.
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