• Kendrick Lamar
    visits High Tech High School
  • A discussion of Hip Hop Ed
  • with performances by students and
  • Kendrick Lamar

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On June 8, 2015, generational icon and Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar visited High Tech HS to meet with students and participate in a panel discussion about the educational value of his music. Mr. Lamar read a blog post written by HTHS English teacher, Brian Mooney, after the post went viral. Mooney wrote about teaching Lamar’s newest album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), alongside Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). After reading the post, Kendrick Lamar reached out to Mooney, resulting in a school visit from the rapper. During his visit, Lamar met with students in Mr. Mooney’s classroom, listened to their poetry and essays, rapped with them, offered feedback, and performed for the student body.

About the Event

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MEET THE PANEL

A discussion of Hip Hop Ed...

KENDRICK LAMAR

Kendrick Lamar is a Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist from Compton who was recently honored by the California State Senate as a generational icon.

BRIAN MOONEY

Brian Mooney is an HTHS English teacher and graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University where his research explores the intersections of hip-hop, spoken word poetry, and urban education.

DR. Chris Emdin

Dr. Chris Emdin is an Associate Professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University and founder of the #HipHopEd social media movement.

Dr. Jamila Lyiscott

Dr. Jamila Lyiscott is a scholar, educator and activist who recently received her Ph.D at Teachers College, Columbia University where her work focuses on the education of the African Diaspora.

Greg Varteresian

Greg Varteresian is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and HTHS alumni who is currently attending New York University.

ALLYSON KRONE

Allyson Krone is the assistant principal of High Tech HS and an advocate of multicultural education.

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