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 As a critical race scholar in education, I examine the discourse about the “racial opportunity gap” from the perspective of a Black gay man who managed to persist through the American public school system despite experiencing racial micro-aggressions, colorblind curricula and pedagogy, and White patriarchal leadership.

I invoke critical race theory as my methodological approach to research and discovery. My scholarship seeks to inform how education leaders, policy makers, and practitioners can counter deficit-based narratives about Black and Brown youth in American public education, through Hip-Hop aesthetics.

I am specifically interested in the stories from school and community-based educational leaders who source Hip-Hop and spoken word poetry as an inspiration towards their approach to fostering liberating learning conditions for students marginalized in the standardized curriculum.


Edited Books

  • Jenkins, T., Jaksch, M., Endsley, C., & Keith, A. (Eds.). (2017). The open mic night: Campus programs that champion college student voice and engagement. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Keith, A., R. (2017). Consideration for creative and intentional spoken word programming. In Open Mic Night: Campus Programs That Champion College Student Voice and Engagement (pp. 103–115). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

  • Keith, A., R. (2017). The Spoken Word Experience: Shifting Student Learning From the Classroom to the Stage. In Open Mic Night: Campus Programs That Champion College Student Voice and Engagement (pp. 21–32). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

  • Keith, A.R. (2012). Home training, family struggle, resistance and everything in-between. In Jenkins, T.S., Family, Community and Higher Education (22-31) New York: Routledge.

  • Keith, A. R. (2010). Reframing black male homosociality as critical spaces to explore black masculinity. Journal of Black Masculinity (1) 1, 29 – 27.

  • Keith, A. R. (2009). Read it, watch it, and listen: Multimedia resources for conversing about race. About Campus, 23-29.