Passing the Mic: Two Community Leaders on the Power of Storytelling

Our new video series, Passing the Mic, features candid conversations with education leaders from across the country about what’s working, what’s not, and what we still don’t know about ensuring students get the educational opportunities they deserve during this uniquely challenging moment.

Telling stories is one of the most powerful ways we have to influence, teach, and inspire others. It gives us an opportunity to learn from another person’s experienceand it can shape, strengthen, or challenge our opinions and values. In this episode, TNTP’s Deirdra Reed sits down with poet and educator Dasan Ahanu and prominent photographer Richard Ducree to talk about the power of storytelling, and how it can be used as a vehicle for change in education and in our communities.

You can watch the entire conversation below or here and find previous episodes of Passing the Mic here.


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