Date of Publication: November 14, 2023
Dawn N. Hicks Tafari, Ph.D.
The Journey of Kamau Miller: HipHop Composite Counterstories for Black Men Teachers
The Journey of Kamau Miller: HipHop Composite Counterstories for Black Men Teachers is a powerful and deeply personal narrative that follows the life of Kamau Miller, a resilient third-grade teacher from New York City. Set against the backdrop of Edenwald Projects, the Bronx, and a HipHop-infused soundtrack, the book uncovers the hardships, triumphs, and pivotal moments in Kamau’s life.
Readers are invited into Kamau’s world as he navigates the challenges of being a Black men teacher, the impact of HipHop culture, and the journey of self-discovery. The book weaves together themes of identity, education, community, and empowerment while paying homage to the legacy of Derrick A. Bell. Written with unapologetic creativity, this work engages readers with its accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking storytelling. It’s a celebration of Black men teachers, their experiences, and the potential for change and progress in education.
Kamau Miller not only serves as a testament to the resilience and strength of Black male teachers but also as a tribute to the countless voices waiting to be seen and heard. “The Journey of Kamau Miller” offers an inspiring and transformative reading experience, shedding light on the complexities of life, love, and the pursuit of making a meaningful impact in the world of education.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. Marvin Lynn
Chapter 1: Just a Black Girl Minding Her Black Girl Business Out Here Crafting Composite Counterstories
Chapter 2: Tell Me About Yourself
Chapter 3: Back in the Days When I Was Young
Chapter 4: I Can’t Hug the Kids
Chapter 5: You Don’t Have to Wonder What My Motives Are
Chapter 6: Whose World is This?
Chapter 7: The Elementary School Was Where I Needed to Be
Chapter 8: I Decide What a Black Man is Everyday
Chapter 9: The Solution Has to Be a Collective Effort
Chapter 10: Inauguration Day
Chapter 11: Epilogue – A Love Letter to Black Men Teachers
Afterword by Dr. Cheryl Matias