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"Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class" by Clint Smith

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This animation is part of our series, "There's a Poem for That," which features animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give language to some of life's biggest feelings. Check out the full series here: http://bit.ly/TEDEdTheresAPoemForThat

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Meet The Creators

  • Poet Clint Smith
  • Director Niv Sekar
  • Narrator Clint Smith
  • Animator Niv Sekar
  • Designer Niv Sekar
  • Music Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
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Check out TED-Ed's interview with Clint Smith. Clint speaks of the circumstances that inspire him to write Ode to the only black kid in the class, and cautions from generalizing black literature as a monolith.
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About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Poet Clint Smith
  • Director Niv Sekar
  • Narrator Clint Smith
  • Animator Niv Sekar
  • Designer Niv Sekar
  • Music Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • See more