After graduating from Yale
in 1997, Michael Johnston came to the Mississippi Delta to teach
at Greenville High School as part of the Teach for America program.
He taught English at Greenville High School in one of the poorest
school districts in the country. What he saw during his two years
of teaching there — the daily struggles with racial discrimination,
poverty, drug addiction, gang violence, and sexual abuse —
went in to his first book, In the Deep Hearts Core.
His book is filled with powerful stories and the haunting beauty
of the Mississippi Delta in all its tragic history. Ultimately a
hopeful book, in the books introduction, Robert Coles calls
it “a compelling and important moral witness to educational
efforts today.” Today, Johnston is enrolled at Yale Law School
while living in Colorado and working on a U.S. Senate campaign for
Tom Strickland. He plans to graduate in May 2003 and hopes to work
in school administration.
(Article first posted
- In the Deep Hearts Core. Foreword by Robert
Coles. Grove Press, 2002.
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