Educator & Social Justice Advocate
In the passion of the civil rights campaigns of 1964 and 1965, Jonathan Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising career in the academic world, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston, and became a fourth grade teacher. He has since devoted nearly his entire life to the challenge of providing equal opportunity to every child in our public schools. Read More >
Inequality of Public Education
"Jonathan's struggle is noble. His outcry must shake our nation out of its guilty indifference."
"Jonathan Kozol is America’s premier chronicler of life among the children of societal neglect. And Fire in the Ashes may be his best book yet . . . . Kozol does not just write about these people; he becomes an intimate part of their lives, sharing their triumphs, defeats, and, too often, mourning their deaths . . . . If you care about the children who are the future of America, this is a book you must read."
"Thank you so much for coming back to our campus. I know you spoke here at a Public Affairs Symposium some years ago, and your message in October was as compelling as ever. The line was long afterward, and I was delighted to see so many of our students waiting to talk with you."
"Without question your time with us was the highlight of our fall semester. My colleagues who had the pleasure of meeting you and who attended your talk continue to share with me their appreciation for your message."
"Comments ranging from ‘fabulous motivation - feel energized to carry on’ to ‘inspiring and compelling’ shows you made a hit with our audience."
"Your program was a huge success last night. I don't know how you do it....the amount of energy that you give to the audience. We had an auditorium set up for 500 people and there wasn't an empty chair in the house, with folks standing along the walls. I think we found the perfect author for a public library/university audience. Shame there's only one Jonathan Kozol! In short, you were wonderful."