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Tamir Harper        

Co-Founder & Executive Director of UrbEd Inc., Advocate for Public Education & Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar

Tamir Harper is an educator and education consultant in the Philadelphia area. At 16 years old, Harper co-founded UrbEd Inc., one of Philadelphia’s only youthled, youth-run 501c3 organizations advocating for education justice.

During his tenure as founding executive director, Harper led the organization to disband the state-taken-over school board, fundraised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and developed the organization to be the go-to student-led education advocacy organization.

Harper, is a Philadelphia native and a proud product of the School District of Philadelphia. Harper believes that teaching is social justice work, teaching is political, and that teaching is a form of disruption. Those beliefs grounds Harper as he teaches his brilliant 8th-grade students in West Philadelphia ELA, Writing and Social Justice.

Harper's work has given him the honor to share his message with GMA 3, ABC News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a host of other media outlets. He has also been able to meet with a host of students, and share the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Harris, a number of school leaders, and the former Secretary of Education John King, Jr.

Harper is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, where he served as the immediate past assistant vice president and member of the general board of directors.

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