Teacher, Clayton County Public Schools
Dr. Michael Jamal (MJ) Seaberry currently serves as a high school science teacher in Clayton County. He is a researcher, activist, and curator of all things concerning the liberation of Black Boys and Men. Dr. Seaberry’s academic writing has garnered him attention amongst many scholars and has placed him in educational textbooks, journals, and magazines across the nation. Some of his articles appear in The Journal for Critical Studies in Higher Education and Student Affairs and Diversity: Issues in Higher Education, while some of his book chapters are housed in textbooks under Lexington Press as well as two self-published poetry books titled, …The Mississippi Crying: A Collection of Poems and Stories of Healing and naked bird, don’t feel no cold. With five years of experience teaching and leading in educational spaces, Dr. Seaberry’s work focuses on creating spaces of freedom for Black boys and girls in secondary classrooms around the nation. Dr. Seaberry analyzes how Black males develop, define and do (perform) race and gender identities in secondary school spaces. Influenced by Black researchers and writers such as James Baldwin, Lucille Clifton, and bell hooks, Dr. Seaberry holds nothing back in his efforts to unapologetically liberate the Black community from egregious systems that were built without them in mind. As an educator, Dr. Seaberry serves as a conduit for the public to gain access to spaces that are not easily accessible, i.e. - educational policy. As a budding educational policy analyst, Dr. Seaberry is working with national and local organizations to educate and mobilize citizens as voters, advocates, and changemakers. His goal is to make space for abolitionist educators, with work rooted in historically responsive pedagogy, to create change for the better in the local, state, and national political arena. A graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana (‘14) and Louisiana State University (‘19), Dr. Seaberry holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Pre-Medicine, a master’s in Education, an Education Specialist Certificate, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Seaberry is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Clayton County Young Democrats, the American Education Research Association, and serves as a board member for the Journal of African American Males in Education.