About Kyesha Jennings


 Kyesha Jennings is an English Instructor at Danville Community College who is very passionate about using hip-hop as a pedagogical tool to provide a bridge for ideas and tasks that promote critical thinking in both Composition and Literature classes. Her research interests primarily focuses on African-American Literature, Hip-Hop studies, Popular Culture and Social Justice Pedagogy. Kyesha earned her B.A. in Secondary English Education from The Lincoln University, the first historically black university, and an M.A. in English and African American Literature from North Carolina A&T State University. She has presented at more than ten conferences across the United States on various hip-hop related topics. Most recently, her African American Literature course was nominated for the VCCS Excellence in Education Award: Best Practices in Teaching for its integration of hip-hop studies. Currently she works with Durham Mighty Pen, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to affirming and amplifying the voices of Durham’s K-12 youth through writing. For Durham Mighty Pen, Kyesha teaches a writing workshop to 3rd-5th graders titled “Writing Through Hip-Hop” where students are actively engaged with hip-hop culture and history through writing activities. This spring she has begun a partnership with the Museum of Durham History where she will curate an exhibit documenting hip-hop in Durham, NC. The exhibit is tentatively scheduled to open in 2018. She is currently taking courses at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. 

"The function of [hip-hop] is to teach one to think intensively and critically. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education" -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.