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KEENA IN THE CITY
Keena Day is an activist, educator, musician, writer and poet. She is from Detroit, MI, educated at the world-renowned Cass Technical High School, and eventually received her B.A., and M.A., in English with education credentials from Tennessee State University. Keena studied low brass and voice in both high school and college, including performing in the Aristocrat of Bands at TSU. She has been an educator for 16 years; Keena has taught grades 6-12, AP Language and AP Literature and at the collegiate level as an adjunct freshman composition and technical writing instructor. She eventually completed an educational fellowship called NAATE situated at Yale University where she sharpened her leadership skills and facilitation of professional development. After serving as a district literacy coach (MNPS- Nashville) and master teacher (SCS-Memphis), she subsequently opened her own educational consulting company called The Savvy Urban Educators where she consulted with public and charter schools. She is currently the Senior Manager of Humanities for DSST Public Schools, was previously the Director of Secondary Literacy grades 5-12 for KIPP: Colorado Schools, a Moonshot Fellow (Fall 2019) and consultant for several schools.
Keena Day is also the published author of two books: the novel, The Colors of My Boudoir (2015, under the pseudonym Kendrick Patrice) and AFROdisiacs (2019), a book about Black love as a means of liberation. Keena is a freelance writer and journalist, formerly a writer for several Nashville media outlets such as the Tennessee Tribune for whom she covered community issues such as homelessness, policing, as well as Nashville nightlife and events. She has been a guest on several podcasts and radio shows and has been a speaker at conferences focused on Black women's empowerment and literacy instruction. Keena enjoys traveling and painting in her spare time. Keena is a member of the Colorado Women for Political Action (CBWPA), NAACP Denver Chapter, Urban League Young Professionals (Denver Chapter), Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity (Kappa Iota, TSU and Denver Chapter), The Colorado Chapter of the International Reading Association (CCIRA), The Poetry Society of Colorado, National Alliance of Black School Educators, and serves as the President of the Colorado Chapter of the Tennessee State University Alumni Association. She is the mother of two sons and currently resides in Denver.