Lawson Bush, V, Ph.D./Nana Kweku Baakan is Professor and Director of the CSULA/UCI Joint Ed.D. Program in Urban Educational Leadership. In addition to his book entitled, Can Black Mothers Raise Our Sons?, he has published over 25 articles addressing African American educational history, African-centered education, school desegregation, and Black male schooling and developmental issues.
His aforementioned research foci situate him as the leading expert on the relationship between Black mothers and their sons and the development of Independent Black Institutions (IBIs) in the United States. He is also the author of the widely used “African Educator’s Declaration.”His work in the academy has been augmented by his tenure as the founder and director of the following programs and organizations: Imani Saturday Academy, Neighborhood Manhood Development Program, and the Tehuti Educational Consortium.
Lastly, he has been happily married for 15 years to his wife Tonia (Amma) and is the father of three children Chioma, Thandiwe, and Lawson/Heru the 6th.