Clint Smith

Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet

Clint Smith believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America have been viewed more than 4 million times. Using his experience as an award-winning teacher and poet to share personal stories of justice, community, and education, his customizable art-form illuminates how we can all find the courage to create change, overcome challenges, and unite ourselves through the power of the collective voice.

Clint Smith is a teacher, writer, and Ph.D. candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship and serves as a writing instructor in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. His research interests that include mass incarceration, race, and inequality.

Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has spoken at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the U.S. Department of Education, the IB Conference of the Americas, and the Aspen Summit on Inequality and Opportunity.  He has been profiled in The Washington Post, Vox, The Huffington Post, The Root, NBC News and the book,  “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom”  (Welcome Books, 2013).

As a poet and essayist, he is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, a Callaloo Fellow,  and has served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.  His writing has been published in  the The New Yorker, The Guardian,  The American Literary Review, Harvard Educational Review, Kinfolks,  Winter Tangerine Review,  Watershed Review  and elsewhere.

Clint earned a BA in English from Davidson College and is an alumnus of the New Orleans Public School System.

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