Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
45, New York — 16, D
Born and raised in New York City, Jamaal grew up in public housing and rent-controlled apartments. He is an educator and father of three.
As an educator, Jamaal first worked as a crisis management teacher in a South Bronx elementary school. He went on to work with Avenues of the World school, Negus World, and Hip Hop Saves Lives to implement an innovative social justice curriculum. He has been a member of the NY State Early Childhood Blue Ribbon Committee, where he championed early childhood learning standards, and is the founder and principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle school. The school’s curriculum emphasizes innovative public student voice, holistic education, and cultural awareness.
Photo: Cornell Capa, JFK Library
33, New York — 15, D