August 3, 2020


8 million black children in public schools are under threat of having their worth devalued and their minds diminished. Their future is in foreclosure. Wake up.

Hello from hinterlands of Minnesota.

I’m Citizen Stewart, an activist, public school parent, writer, speaker, essayist, and education activist. My focus is on increasing educational freedom and achieving justice for marginalized students, families, and communities.

I do this by challenging the dominant discourse the poor, oppressed, our students, and our schools.

I am a voice of the never ended battle between my ancestors and their oppressors.

I am their enduring demand for liberty.

Let’s talk!

Also, find me on social media:

  • f: /iamcitizenstewart
  • t: @citizenstewart
  • i: @citizenstewart


I have been published and quoted at New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Star Tribune, MinnPost, NPR, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Pioneer Press, The 74, and more.


Philadelphia, PA: Discussion with the Caucus of Black Elected State Officials.

Washington, D.C.: Panel moderator for Excellence In Ed’s annual conference.

Hartford, CT: Panel discussion for Parents Union townhall on integration and discrimination.

Willington, DE: a 50CANN Panel discussion on the state of education reform.

Detroit, MI: “The State of Black Education,” with the National Association of Black Journalists.

Hollywood, FL: 100 Black Men annual conference, a panel discussion on school choice in the black community.

New Orleans, LA: Workshop leader at the Louisiana Teacher Summit. “Getting real about race and the parent-teacher relationship”

Cambridge, MA: Harvard Kennedy School of Education, a panel on school choice research.

Austin, TX: SXSW Education panel.

Philadelphia, PA: Panel Discussant on the black education movement past and present – 2017 Inaugural Fellowship of Black Male Educators

San Francisco, CA: Panel Discussant on bridging differences of opinion in school choice – 2017 PIE Annual Conference

Nashville, TN: Panel Facilitator on Parent Voice in Education Reform – 2017 National Summit for the Excellence in Education Foundation

Washington, D.C.: Panel Discussion on ESSA – National Newspaper Publishers Association

Washington, D.C.: Panel Discussion on Black voice in education – NABJ joint event with Citizen Education

Atlanta, GA: Panel Discussion on threats to school choice – National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Seattle, Washington: Keynote on Education Reform and parent power – Washington State Charter Schools annual conference

Chicago, IL: Panel Discussion on school choice and the Black community – Education Leaders of Color national convening

Sacramento, CA: Panel Discussion on Charter School leaders of color – 24th Annual California Charter School Association conference

Indianapolis, IN: Panel Discussant on “Building A Better Narrative” in education (UN

Washington, D.C.: Panel Discussion, Race, Social Justice, and School Reform – American Enterprise Institute

Washington, D.C.: Panel Discussion on Black parents and education activism – UNCF release of Building a Better Narrative report

Atlanta, GA: Panel Discussion on the NAACP’s moratorium on charter schools – National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Seattle, WA: Keynote on Black educational activism – Black Education Strategy Roundtable

New Orleans, LA: Keynote on Student Activism – Students For Education Reform annual summit.

….and more

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