Anthony R. Keith, Jr. (Tony) is an award winning spoken word poet, educator, and nerd who writes, reads, and performs about topics dealing with love, liberation, and racial equity in education. He is recipient of the 2018 D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Award, and his co-authored book, “Open Mic Night”, received the 2018 Outstanding Book Recognition Award from The American Educational Research Association.

Tony is a doctoral student in education leadership at George Mason University, where his research examines the educational experiences of high achieving Black and Brown youth spoken word poets.  He is an alumni of the Barbara Jackson Scholars program, which supports doctoral students of color in their pursuit of an academic career in education leadership.

Tony currently serves as the Chief Dream Director for The Future Project in Washington D.C., which is a national movement to inspire young people to discover their purpose and pursue their passions and dreams. He is also a part-time research assistant in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University.

Tony has a B.A. in Communication from The University of Maryland College Park, and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Penn State University. He currently lives in his hometown of Washington D.C. with his newlywed husband, Harry Christian.