Author, Educator, Freedom Fighter
Tyson Amir is an author, musician, educator, community organizer, and freedom fighter born and raised in the Bay Area. Tyson’s first book, Black Boy Poems, was nominated by the Librarians of America for the “In the Margins Social Justice Award”, making it a librarian recommended text for high school students. It has become a well loved text and part of the modern Black literary canon. His second book, Black Boy Poems Curriculum, is used as a guide for liberatory and revolutionary curriculum and instruction in K-12 schools across the country.
Tyson is the founder and director of the Black Literary Collective and Freedom Soul Media Education Initiatives (FSMEI), a consulting firm for revolutionary education. FSMEI has worked with over 150 schools; delivered more than 400 programs; and served more than 35,000 students through its groundbreaking, revolutionary programming; PDs and workshops; curriculum; and culture, community, and climate building.
Tyson’s innovative revolutionary education work has been featured at the A.B.E.N., Stanford Institute, Hip Hop Ed Conference at Columbia University, Teachers 4 Social Justice in San Francisco and Chicago, California Association of Teachers of English, California Association of African American School Administrators, and the Association of California School Administrators.
Community, Cultural & Political Education:
Black Revolutionary History & Movements
African Diaspora History
International Revolutionary History
Black Political Organizing
Self Defense & Weapons Training
Single Subject Clear Credential (Social Science)
Argosy University - Masters in Education, 2008
San Jose State University - Bachelors in Comparative Religious Studies, 2003
San Jose State University - Bachelors in African American Studies, 2003
San Jose State University - Minors in Political Science, Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology, 2003
Recognition, Awards & Presentations
Black Boy Poems - Independant Best Seller 2017
In the Margins Book Award 2018
Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference 2018
W.E.B. Dubois Award 2018
California Association for Teachers of English 2019
Hip Hop Ed Conference 2019
Aben Stanford Institute 2018-2020
Cilker Conference 2020
ABC7 For the Better Speakers Series 2020
Association of California School Administrators 2021
Association of California School Administrators Equity Conference Keynote 2022
Association of California School Administrators Bay Area Equity Symposium 2023
ABEN Stanford Summer Institute 2023
2018 - Present
2016 - Present
2010 - Present
2010 - Present
Director: Freedom Soul Media Education Initiatives
FSMEI is a revolutionary education consultancy firm that specializes in innovative culturally relevant programming, trainings, curriculum and curriculum development, and school redesign. FSMEI has school partners all throughout the continental United States.
Director: Black Literary Collective
The BLC primarily works with San Francisco Bay Area school districts to implement culturally relevant curricula and programming. The BLC facilitates programming for elementary, middle and high schools.
Director: Freedom Soul Media
Freedom Soul Media has produced several musical compilations and is now the publishing home for the BLC’s flagship program, Articulation is Power, an anthology of written work created by young writers. Freedom Soul Media is also the publishing home for the books Black Boy Poems and the Black Boy Poems Curriculum.
Educator: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College,
San Francisco Bay Area
Developed, designed and implemented culturally relevant and standards based curriculum for students in public, charter, private, juvenile facilities, adult incarcerated learnings spaces, colleges, and universities.
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