David Olawuyi Fakunle, Ph.D. is a self-described “mercenary for change,” willing to employ any talent and occupy any space in the effort to elevate people of African descent and anyone who feels divested from their truest self. David earned a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and prior to doctoral study earned a B.A. in Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. David’s research interests include sociodemographic relationships with stressors within the built environment such as tobacco outlet density and e-cigarette availability, the manifestations of institutional racism in society, and the utilization of arts and culture to promote equity and ultimately, liberation.
As an artist, David has utilized vocal and theater performance, African storytelling and African drumming in the proclamation of truth for over 20 years. He has performed with companies such as the Sankofa Dance Theater, the Washington Revels’ Jubilee Voices and WombWork Productions, among others. His affiliations include The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Griots’ Circle of Maryland. David is the co-founder and CEO of DiscoverME/RecoverME, an organization that utilizes the African oral tradition to encourages the claiming of one’s narrative for personal and organizational growth.