BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore native and best-selling author D. Watkins will deliver the opening remarks Friday at the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s graduation ceremony.
It was a triumphant return for Watkins, who earned a master’s degree in education and a graduate certificate in urban education from the university in 2011.
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Dean Christopher Morphew said: “We are delighted to welcome one of our own back to the Johns Hopkins School of Education. “D. Watkins’ writing and teaching have had a profound impact on our city – and across America. I look forward to the insights he will provide to our newest class of educational leaders. ”
Since graduating, Watkins has written a number of New York Times bestseller. His latest book, “Black Boy Smile,” was released Tuesday, a memoir about his experiences growing up in East Baltimore, where he was a former drug dealer.
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“I wrote the book in part for [my daughter], partly for my wife, Caron,” he told WJZ. “But I also wrote the book for people who feel they don’t deserve happy endings. I put my story out as a suggestion to let you know that you can go through some myths and madness, but you can still have a happy ending. “
Multi-hyphen taught at the University of Baltimore, serving as a general editor for Salon and recently broke into television, writing an episode of HBO’s new Baltimore-based series We Own This City.
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