About

about matthew morris

It's Always Been About The Work

Matthew R. Morris is an educator and writer, born and raised in Toronto. His writing focuses on the intersection of race, Black masculinity, hip-hop culture, and education. He currently teaches middle school in Toronto and believes that the more credentials behind his name only equate to the more tattoos down his forearms. He holds a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto. Matthew is the author of the forthcoming book, Black Boys Like Me, set for publication in the fall of 2023.

Morris has written with TVO, Huffington Post, ETFO’s “The Voice” magazine, and Education Canada magazine. Matthew’s TEDx talk, “The Fresh Prince Syndrome,” speaks to the perils and promises urban Black male students are presented with in public schooling in today’s ever evolving world. He has spoken at numerous colleges and conferences across North America and has been featured in the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, CBC Radio, and CityNews Toronto.

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My Mission

What does it mean to be a Black man with an immigrant father and white mother living on Indigenous land? This is one major question I’ve wrestled with for the first thirty-five years of my life. As a Black man, I do not speak definitively for all Black people.

Some racism is cemented through external, systemic, and overt acts—from devastating micro-aggressions that accumulate over a lifetime to devastating acts of physical violence. And some racism is internalized so deeply that even Black people vomit it up.

My narrative stems from a deconstruction of my experiences and the conclusions drawn from my learnings on how racism has operated through and around me.

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