I love to collect images I find on social media. As soon as I see a provocative image I screen shot it. I like to keep these images to reminder me how art can tell stories that words can’t. I would not have finished my dissertation without the artwork of Romare Bearden. I think his work represents the field of educational foundations.
The Making of Hip Hop Civics Education
I have been traveling around the US for the last 8 months documenting the work of activists, artists, and teachers for the curriculum, GET FREE.GET FREE is a multimedia Hip Hop civics curriculum for middle to high school students. Its goal is to introduce students to a national network of young community leaders and activists who advocate for social change and democratic inclusion driven by grassroots organizing. GET FREE is inspired by the exuberance, ingenuity, political energy, resistance, love, and DIY model of underground Hip Hop. Its aim is to push and extend ideas of democracy, citizenship, freedom, community, and civic engagement.
Community or Bust
I think the title of this section says it all. Without community – whether formal, imagined, or virtual – nothing matters. Community is central to my work and how I hope to live my life.
Me On the Road
I am grateful and humbled that I have the opportunity to speak to teachers, youth, and community members about education, Hip Hop, and social justice. I always learn something about myself and my work with each trip. I am always shocked to hear people are using my work. It’s a humbling and gratifying experience to talk to people who dig my work and hear the excited stories of how elements of my work impacted their classrooms. I hope these stories never stop.