MTSU senior writes a children’s book on emotional expression and communication


MURFEESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Middle Tennessee State University senior Detario Yancey hopes his new children’s book “Daddy, Can You Cry?” teaches the importance of emotions and communication.

Yancey is a senior at MTSU majoring in social work. He is also a child care professional and mental health enthusiast.

The young author first wrote “Dad, can you cry?” because he saw the need for a book that urges parents and children to reframe how they think about masculinity.

It was also inspired by a good friend who tried to hurt himself and saw his own father cry for the first time when his grandmother passed away.

He adds that growing up as an African-American male, the expression of sensitivity and certain emotions is often seen as a weakness.

He hopes the story in his book shows parents of male children that it is indeed “OK” and healthy to show emotions.

“My book aims to teach readers about the end of life, emotions and communication. Even when I sign this book for people, I often write “it’s okay to cry” on the back. Because it’s totally okay to be open and show how you feel,” Yancey explained.

Yancey is currently an intern with the Community Impact Department of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.

In addition to his internship with United Way, Yancey is vice president of the local chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers and a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society and was recently selected for a fellowship in Washington, D.C., which he is set to start immediately after graduating from MTSU in May.

Yancey’s book is now available now in line.

A signing session for Yancey’s book will take place on Monday, February 28 from 12 p.m. at 1 p.m. at Middle Tennessee State University Academic Classroom Atrium.

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