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Joshua Travis Dickerson

Joshua Travis Dickerson, Sr. is a proud Griffin High School and Georgia State University graduate. He became an educator in the DeKalb County School District and was awarded the 2007-2008 DeKalb County Teacher of the Year for Jolly Elementary. He is currently serving as Executive Director for a non-profit organization in Metro Atlanta.

Joshua has created several programs to empower youth and has helped generate chess and robotic clubs at various programs in Atlanta. He uses his experience and love for kids to train teachers and administrators on different ways to incorporate literacy into daily educational activities. 

A passionate writer and author, Joshua's poem "Cause I Ain't Got a Pencil" has sparked worldwide conversation.

As a proud father of four children- Destiny, Joshua II, Justice, and Skylar Dickerson- he knows all too well how vital a positive role model is in every child's life. 

Joshua firmly believes that, although no one person can do everything, each person can do something!

Cause I Ain't Got a Pencil
by Joshua Travis Dickerson

I woke myself up

Because we ain't got an alarm clock

Dug in the dirty clothes basket,

Cause ain't nobody washed my uniform

Brushed my hair and teeth in the dark,

Cause the lights ain't on

Even got my baby sister ready,

Cause my mama wasn't home.

Got us both to school on time,

To eat us a good breakfast.

Then when I got to class the teacher fussed

Cause I ain't got no pencil.


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