Donovan Livingston at The Latin School of Chicago

Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker. In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like [Livingston] who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.” Since his pivotal speech, Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. His convocation address was published as Lift Off: From the Classroom to the Stars by Spiegel & Grau in 2017.

You can see a performance of his remarkable poem here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Latin School of Chicago
59 W. North Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60610
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Lift Off: From the Classroom to the Stars Cover Image
By Donovan Livingston, Wes Moore (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780399591372
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 4th, 2017

Donovan Livingston gave a powerful speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education s convocation. In a spoken-word poem, he shared his struggles in life and urged his fellow graduates to fight inequality and inspire students. . . . Donovan s message hit home. . . . [He is] part of a rising generation that's . . . standing up to some of the biggest challenges in the world today. Hillary Clinton, from herTeen Vogue essay "What's RIGHT with America."