Amanda Kemp

Biography

Dr. Amanda Kemp is a racial justice and mindfulness mentor. A proud African American, Dr. Kemp grew up in foster care in the South Bronx, NY and always dreamed of following in Dr. Martin Luther King’s footsteps. Since her first anti-apartheid march in 1983 she has actively stood for racial justice and authentic community.

Drawing from her lived experience in an interracial marriage, her study of race at Stanford and Northwestern Universities,as well as over a decade of teaching at the college level, Dr. Kemp created Racial Justice from the H.E.A.R.T. This system builds skill and capacity of compassionate change makers in schools and faith communities..

A Master teacher and performing artist, Dr. Kemp has helped over 25,000 people have open-hearted conversations, consciously use their power and practice compassion to cultivate racial justice and authentic community.

She has worked with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Honorable Maxine Waters, Niyonu Spann, and the movement for a free South Africa.

Dr. Kemp has shared the stage and/or created with Danny Glover, August Wilson, Sonia Sanchez, Toni Morrison, George Wolfe, and Amiri Baraka. She has been featured on PBS, WITF, WGAL, LCTV.

She is a frequent speaker and performer at schools and colleges such as Stanford, Berkeley, NYU, Swarthmore, Haverford, Franklin & Marshall and many others.

She has addressed regional, national and international gatherings of people of faith in the Quaker, Unitarian-Universalist, and African Methodist Episcopal traditions.

Her TedX Talk: How to Lean in to Difficult Conversations about Race has been used by conflict and resolution, sociology, and psychology classes at both the high school and college levels.

WWW.DRAMANDAKEMP.COM

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first poem I ever wrote was when I was 9 years old. It was to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I don't remember my first written story.
What is your writing process?
I stew and brew--sometimes for up to a year--and then I just spill it on the page. I give myself permission to write a lousy first draft because there can be no final draft without a first draft.
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Books

Racial Justice from the H.E.A.R.T.: 5 Simple Steps to Uncovering your Blindspots and Having a Voice that Is Effective
Pre-release—available January 31, 2019. Price: $9.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Essay » Author profile
Have you ever had a failed conversation about racism? Are you afraid to say the wrong thing? Are you confused about what to do to make things better? This book shows you how to have a voice about racism, how to uncover your own blindspots and offers tips on how to build an inclusive and diverse community. Perfect for those just getting started and committed change makers.
Show Me the Franklins!
Price: $4.97 USD. Words: 11,910. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
This play brings to life the enslaved people in Benjamin Franklin's households and workshops in Philadelphia, London, and Paris. Complete with endnotes and discussion questions, this is a great publication for reading groups and schools. K-12 Teachers, please contact me directly regarding your needs.
Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community
Price: $9.97 USD. Words: 11,910. Language: American English. Published: June 16, 2016. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Part memoir and part social commentary, Amanda Kemp's short book provides insight and strategies for creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community. Her voice is vulnerable and personal as she reflects on her own interracial relationship, parenting her Black teenaged son, and making art in the age of Black Lives Matter. Her short essays leave you cheering and hopeful.

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