Heal Your Heart And Your Mind Will Follow

My name is Donnita Hathaway

I embarked on a journey to honor the late Donny Hathaway in 2015 by creating the Donny Hathaway Legacy Project (DHLP) 501c3, which seeks to unify us all and provide culturally relevant and accessible mental health-related prevention, education, advocacy and resources.

It is my life’s goal to honor my father by addressing the issues that tragically ended his life. DHLP will share holistic healing tools and to educate and motivate others to deal with various life traumas and heartbreak. It is time to end the Mental Health Stigma. We all deserve to have the best quality of life possible.

The Donny Hathaway Legacy Project will be the voice to continue your music, your legacy and your life


Things are moving fast,
hold on tight and you will last!

— Donny Hathaway

The influence

The Late Donny Hathaway was an amazing singer, composer, arranger and producer whose music has become a part of the foundation of American music.  He influenced performers from R&B singers like Alicia Keys & John Legend, to rapper Common, to singer-guitarist George Benson.  He is perhaps best known for his duets with singer Roberta Flack.  Even if you never sought his music, it is almost 100% probable that you have felt his musical presence and interpretation, emulated by virtually every contemporary soul and R&B musician.


TVone Unsung: Donny Hathaway

Donny Hathaway was a gifted child prodigy. A  gospel singer at age 10, he went on to become a talented pop songwriter and hitmaker, notably through memorable duets with Roberta Flack. Sadly, superstardom and immense celebrity would pass Hathaway by, subverted, ironically, by his own obsessive perfectionism and a battle with mental illness that would end tragically. On this episode of Unsung, fellow artists reflect on the kind of respect and admiration Hathaway’s music engendered, his rise and fall in the music business, and some of his lesser-known accomplishments, including feature-film scoring via a connection with Quincy Jones.


Mental Health Awareness 

Mental Health

is health

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. The month is observed with media, local events, and film screenings. Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America organization. Source NAMI

Black kids and suicide: Why are rates so high, and so ignored?

According to this article in The Conversation, ” Teen suicide rates among black youth are increasing. In 2016 and again in 2018, national data revealed that among children age 5-11, black children had the highest rate of death by suicide. For the years 2008 to 2012, 59 black youth died by suicide, up from 54 in the years 2003-2007.”

Youth & Family Well-Being

Education, advocacy, and essential resources.


An awareness, understanding, and acceptance of your emotions, and your ability to manage effectively through challenges and change. 


People’s thoughts about the quality or goodness of their lives, their overall life satisfaction, or sometimes how happy they are with their lives.


The ability of the people to be free from want of basic needs and to coexist peacefully in communities with opportunities for advancement.

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Donny Hathaway Legacy Project


To provide culturally relevant and accessible mental health-related education, advocacy, and essential resources needed to support underserved youth and families of color.

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Upcoming Events



50th Anniversary of “This Christmas” Panel

A conversation regarding this holiday classic with those involved in created the beloved christmas classic.



Fox Soul: Mental Health during the holidays

DHLP founder Donnita Hathaway will appear on The Tami Mac show to dicuss the 50th anniversary of “This Christmas and how to address Mental Health during the holidays. More Details TBA



Remembering Donny Hathaway

Honoring the life of Donny Hathaway who tragically passed away on this day in 1979.

More Details TBA

Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.

— Lisa Olivera

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