John S. Blake

Speed Chess with My Father: What It Means to Move in a Timely Fashion

Reporting on racial disparity in our educational system, and with the recent events at Mizzou in mind, John S. Blake provides an insider's view of action being taken at VCU.   Dad hated playing chess without the clock. My first lesson on the board—while absorbing how the pieces moved—consisted of slapping the top of the clock on my side, even though I ... Read the full article
John S. Blake

John S. Blake is a cisgender, African American writer, poet, activist, and youth advocate originally from New York City. He’s currently studying African American Studies and English, with concentrations in Gender/Sexuality, Sociology, and Creative Writing, aiming for his Masters in Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. He facilitates creative writing and intersectionality workshops nationwide.

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