April162014
Thankful to Steph for supporting my work. The Davidson blood runs deep.

Thankful to Steph for supporting my work. The Davidson blood runs deep.

April112014
Juwan definitely just got a standing ovation at the Department of Education. The kid can’t be stopped!

Juwan definitely just got a standing ovation at the Department of Education. The kid can’t be stopped!

April102014
Julius Caesar and the politics of justice in full effect.

Julius Caesar and the politics of justice in full effect.

March272014
Shoutout to the end of 3rd quarter class selfie!

Shoutout to the end of 3rd quarter class selfie!

March172014
Last week my student Juwan and I performed a poem at the Teach For America gala, and afterwards Senator Tom Harkin ran up and told Juwan how incredible he was. I’ll always remember the look on Juwan’s face when one of the most powerful senators in the country said he wanted to be the first to shake his hand.

Last week my student Juwan and I performed a poem at the Teach For America gala, and afterwards Senator Tom Harkin ran up and told Juwan how incredible he was. I’ll always remember the look on Juwan’s face when one of the most powerful senators in the country said he wanted to be the first to shake his hand.

March142014
Many thanks to Upworthy for posting my poem, “Memoir.” Hoping it contributes to a larger conversation on the need for immigration reform.

Many thanks to Upworthy for posting my poem, “Memoir.” Hoping it contributes to a larger conversation on the need for immigration reform.

March92014
New website is up! Check it out at www.clintsmithiii.com

New website is up! Check it out at www.clintsmithiii.com

March62014
So thankful to have been given the opportunity to speak at TEDxManhattan. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life.

So thankful to have been given the opportunity to speak at TEDxManhattan. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life.

February282014
Never could have imagined… (at New York Times Center)

Never could have imagined… (at New York Times Center)

February272014
Love these cards from Ms. Lerenman’s third graders after our poetry workshop. I also love the various portraits of what Mr. Clint looks like.

Love these cards from Ms. Lerenman’s third graders after our poetry workshop. I also love the various portraits of what Mr. Clint looks like.

February192014

There are so many moments in the classroom when policy and legislation become personified. So when I hear the conversation on Capitol Hill around immigration reform, I struggle to understand how policymakers can use language that dehumanizes my students and their families. Everyday I teach kids who are undocumented—kids who are brilliant and studious and do everything right only to have this country tell them they don’t deserve the same right to higher education as everyone else. And with college admissions decisions beginning to come in across the country, I’m becoming painfully aware of how much our country is losing out on by failing to give so many students these opportunities.

February32014

I have so many memories of watching the 5 o’clock local news with my parents growing up. It was an evening ritual. So it was pretty crazy when local news station PGCTV asked to come check out my classroom to see what we were up to. As we were reading ‘Night’, we talked about complicity, silence, and wrote poems about why all injustice is intrinsically tied together.

January252014
University of Michigan with DC Youth Slam Team

University of Michigan with DC Youth Slam Team

January212014

buttonpoetry:

Clint Smith - “Place Matters” (NPS 2013)

"She wants nothing more than to go outside and play at the park after school, but gun violence has made a merry-go-round feel more like Russian Roulette."

Performing at the 2013 National Poetry Slam for D.C.’s Beltway Poetry Slam.

Thanks Button Poetry for posting a live version of “Place Matters” from the National Poetry Slam last summer.

5PM
Had the opportunity to open for former NAACP President Ben Jealous during his keynote at Davidson’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Feeling reenergized by his words and looking forward to continuing the work in the year ahead.

Had the opportunity to open for former NAACP President Ben Jealous during his keynote at Davidson’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Feeling reenergized by his words and looking forward to continuing the work in the year ahead.

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