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 Jonathan Kozol Biography

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.

Death at an Early Age, a description of his first year as a teacher, received the 1968 National Book Award in Science, Philosophy, and Religion. Among his other major works are Rachel and Her Children, a study of homeless mothers and their children, which received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Savage Inequalities, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992. His 1995 best-seller, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1996, an honor previously granted to the works of Langston Hughes and Dr. Martin Luther King. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison wrote that Amazing Grace was “good in the old-fashioned sense: beautiful and morally worthy.” Elie Wiesel said, “Jonathan’s struggle is noble. His outcry must shake our nation out of its guilty indifference.”

Ten years later, in The Shame of the Nation, a description of conditions that he found in nearly 60 public schools, Jonathan wrote that inner-city children were more isolated racially than at any time since federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. The Shame of the Nation appeared on The New York Times bestseller list the week that it was published.

Jonathan’s most recent book on childhood and education is Fire in the Ashes, a sweeping narrative that follows a group of children in a destitute community out of their infancy and elementary grades, through their secondary years, into their late teens, and beyond. Some of their stories are painful and heart-breaking, but others are dramatic tributes to the resilience and audacity of courageous children who refuse to be defeated by the obstacles they face and find their way at last to unexpected and triumphal victories.

The nation’s most widely read and highly honored education writer and one of our most eloquent advocate for children of low income and for racial diversity in our schools and universities, Jonathan has been speaking to overflow crowds as child poverty has risen to unprecedented levels and racial tensions have become the focus of urgent political concern.

To Jonathan’s friends and allies in the world of education: Jonathan wants to make it clear that he does not intend to give up the struggle for our children and the challenges our schools are facing in an era of persistent inequality and obsessive testing. He continues to visit children in their classrooms and to give encouragement to overburdened but devoted principals and teachers. He’s been doing that for over fifty years. He isn’t stopping now.

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Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

On Being a Teacher

On Being a Teacher

Letters to a Young Teacher

Letters to a Young Teacher

Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America

Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

Speaking Topics
  • Public Education: Equity and Excellence

    Joy and Justice: An Invitation to the Young to Serve the Children of the Poor

  • Race, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity in our Nation's Schools

    Savage Inequalities: Education Still Separate, Still Unequal The Challenges for Teachers in an Age of Inequality, Strict Accountability, & Remorseless Testing Letters to a Young Teacher: An Invitation to a Beautiful Profession
    • A Time of Hope: What We Can Expect from the New Administration in Washington (Emphasis on Children & Education)

  • The Shame of the Nation: Public Education Still Separate, Still Unequal

  • Children & Teachers Under Siege: Race, Poverty & Public Schools

  • The Age of Anxiety in Our Urban Schools: In an Era of Obsessive Testing, Can the Arts & Humanities Survive?

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Jonathan Kozol

Educator & Social Justice Advocate

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Jonathan Kozol Biography

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.

Death at an Early Age, a description of his first year as a teacher, received the 1968 National Book Award in Science, Philosophy, and Religion. Among his other major works are Rachel and Her Children, a study of homeless mothers and their children, which received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Savage Inequalities, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992. His 1995 best-seller, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1996, an honor previously granted to the works of Langston Hughes and Dr. Martin Luther King. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison wrote that Amazing Grace was “good in the old-fashioned sense: beautiful and morally worthy.” Elie Wiesel said, “Jonathan’s struggle is noble. His outcry must shake our nation out of its guilty indifference.”

Ten years later, in The Shame of the Nation, a description of conditions that he found in nearly 60 public schools, Jonathan wrote that inner-city children were more isolated racially than at any time since federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. The Shame of the Nation appeared on The New York Times bestseller list the week that it was published.

Jonathan’s most recent book on childhood and education is Fire in the Ashes, a sweeping narrative that follows a group of children in a destitute community out of their infancy and elementary grades, through their secondary years, into their late teens, and beyond. Some of their stories are painful and heart-breaking, but others are dramatic tributes to the resilience and audacity of courageous children who refuse to be defeated by the obstacles they face and find their way at last to unexpected and triumphal victories.

The nation’s most widely read and highly honored education writer and one of our most eloquent advocate for children of low income and for racial diversity in our schools and universities, Jonathan has been speaking to overflow crowds as child poverty has risen to unprecedented levels and racial tensions have become the focus of urgent political concern.

To Jonathan’s friends and allies in the world of education: Jonathan wants to make it clear that he does not intend to give up the struggle for our children and the challenges our schools are facing in an era of persistent inequality and obsessive testing. He continues to visit children in their classrooms and to give encouragement to overburdened but devoted principals and teachers. He’s been doing that for over fifty years. He isn’t stopping now.

Jonathan Kozol Videos

  • Jonathan Kozol - Savage Inequalities - YouTube
  • Education scholar Dr. Jonathan Kozol - YouTube
  • The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in ...

Jonathan Kozol Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol Speaking Topics

  • Public Education: Equity and Excellence

    Joy and Justice: An Invitation to the Young to Serve the Children of the Poor

  • Race, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity in our Nation's Schools

    Savage Inequalities: Education Still Separate, Still Unequal The Challenges for Teachers in an Age of Inequality, Strict Accountability, & Remorseless Testing Letters to a Young Teacher: An Invitation to a Beautiful Profession
    • A Time of Hope: What We Can Expect from the New Administration in Washington (Emphasis on Children & Education)

  • The Shame of the Nation: Public Education Still Separate, Still Unequal

  • Children & Teachers Under Siege: Race, Poverty & Public Schools

  • The Age of Anxiety in Our Urban Schools: In an Era of Obsessive Testing, Can the Arts & Humanities Survive?

FAQs on booking Jonathan Kozol

  • How to book Jonathan Kozol?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jonathan Kozol for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Jonathan Kozol, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jonathan Kozol or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jonathan Kozol?

    Booking fees for Jonathan Kozol, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jonathan Kozol, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jonathan Kozol?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jonathan Kozol for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jonathan Kozol for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jonathan Kozol or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jonathan Kozol or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jonathan Kozol is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jonathan Kozol for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Jonathan Kozol generally travels from MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erin Gruwell, Hill Harper, Angela Davis, Milton Chen and Geoffrey Canada. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jonathan Kozol for an upcoming event.

Jonathan Kozol Speaker Videos

  • Jonathan Kozol - Savage Inequalities - YouTube
    Education scholar Dr. Jonathan Kozol - YouTube
  • The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in ...
    Jonathan Kozol - Letters to a Young Teacher - YouTube
  • Jonathan Kozol: Education in America (1 of 6) - YouTube
    2011 BOOST Conference- Jonathan Kozol - YouTube

Jonathan Kozol Speaking Topics

  • Public Education: Equity and Excellence

    Joy and Justice: An Invitation to the Young to Serve the Children of the Poor

  • Race, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity in our Nation's Schools

    Savage Inequalities: Education Still Separate, Still Unequal The Challenges for Teachers in an Age of Inequality, Strict Accountability, & Remorseless Testing Letters to a Young Teacher: An Invitation to a Beautiful Profession
    • A Time of Hope: What We Can Expect from the New Administration in Washington (Emphasis on Children & Education)

  • The Shame of the Nation: Public Education Still Separate, Still Unequal

  • Children & Teachers Under Siege: Race, Poverty & Public Schools

  • The Age of Anxiety in Our Urban Schools: In an Era of Obsessive Testing, Can the Arts & Humanities Survive?

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