Our children are born with unsurpassable worth granted to them by a mighty God.

We must fight for them, everyday.


I write and talk about education


Hello from Minnesota.

I'm Citizen Stewart, an evangelical, husband, father, writer, speaker, essayist and education activist.

I amplify ideas that increase educational opportunity for black people, families, and communities.

I do this by challenging the dominant discourse about black people, our students, and our schools.

I am a voice of the never ended battle between my ancestors and their oppressors.

I am their enduring demand for FREEDOM.



Say Hey


I am always up for discussion and hearing new ideas!

To write me: chris@citizenstewart.org

To book me: kristi@citizenstewart.org

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Me in person


Philadelphia, PA: Panel Discussant on the black education movement past and present - 2017 Inaugural Fellowship of Black Male Educators

San Francisco, CA: Panel Discussant on bridging differences of opinion in school choice - 2017 PIE Annual Conference

Nashville, TN: Panel Facilitator on Parent Voice in Education Reform - 2017 National Summit for the Excellence in Education Foundation

Washington, D.C.: Panel Discussion on ESSA - National Newspaper Publishers Association

Washington, D.C.: Panel Discussion on Black voice in education - NABJ joint event with Citizen Education

Atlanta, GA: Panel Discussion on threats to school choice - National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Seattle, Washington: Keynote on Education Reform and parent power - Washington State Charter Schools annual conference

Chicago, IL: Panel Discussion on school choice and the Black community - Education Leaders of Color national convening

Sacramento, CA: Panel Discussion on Charter School leaders of color - 24th Annual California Charter School Association conference

Indianapolis, IN: Panel Discussant on "Building A Better Narrative" in education (UN

Washington, D.C.: Panel Discussion, Race, Social Justice, and School Reform - American Enterprise Institute

Washington, D.C.: Panel Discussion on Black parents and education activism - UNCF release of Building a Better Narrative report

Atlanta, GA: Panel Discussion on the NAACP's moratorium on charter schools - National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Seattle, WA: Keynote on Black educational activism - Black Education Strategy Roundtable

New Orleans, LA: Keynote on Student Activism - Students For Education Reform annual summit.

....and more


in the Media

When you have a lot to say, people often quote you. Well, if feedback is a gift, consider Citizen Stewart a philanthropist. Below is a selection of news stories that I have contributed to in one way or another.

NYT: Condemnation of Charter Schools Exposes Rift over Black Students

NYT: Betsy DeVos allies see new obstacle to school choice

Bernadeia Johnson's pivotal year

Two weeks later, the MFT and MPS Board are still hiding

A change of heart for Minneapolis board member on the value of school competition

Minneapolis School Board to consider stronger anti-harassment resolution

Surprisingly, Facebook is home to a civil discussion on teacher issues

To Tell The Truth: Chris Stewart

Star Tribune: No Union Represents Children

Before anything else, close the belief gap

Facebook Houses Teacher Seniority / Student Achievement Discussion

Is PR Contract a pay-off to critic?

Alternative teacher licensing to help bridge the achievement gap

A conversation with Minneapolis Public Schools Board member Pam Costain and Chris Stewart

Minneapolis School Board passes stringent anti-gay bullying, pro-LGBT curriculum

The education of Bernadeia Johnson

The African American Leadership Forum

A monumental meeting to help students

Minneapolis teacher contract negotiations: are you paying attention?

Minneapolis Public Schools teacher contract negotiations: Public or not-so-public debate

Will your voice be heard in school board elections?

'Trigger' law would give parents clout in schools

Generation Next launches to help enable 'cradle to career' success

New coalition targets achievement gaps in schools

Public Debate vs. Community Engagement

Battle for school board about more than money

Welcome to our little Minne-ssippi

Reformers keep the heat up