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Franklin Withrow is a poet, retired educator and motivator. He was born and educated in Washington, D.C. He went to Fayetteville State Teacher’s College where he received his B.S. degree in Business Education in 1969.


Frank returned to Washington and served as Director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps for the Recreation Department from 1969 to 1971. He also taught for the D.C. Public Schools in 1971 and 1972.


Mr. Withrow moved to Sacramento in 1972 where he enrolled in California State University-Sacramento and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. He worked as a teacher and administrator in the Sacramento City Unified School District and retired in 2004 after 34 years. In his classroom at C.K. McClatchy High School, his first and foremost priority was planting the seeds of knowledge and self-esteem in all of his students and the other young people. He’s the founder and former director of the C.K. McClatchy High School African American Cultural Exchange Program (AACE). This program continues today and is designed for high school students to mentor younger students and teach their rich culture to the world.


As the chairperson of the United Black Student Unions of California Advisory Board, Frank works with over one thousand African-American high school students and one hundred schools. Students attend conferences where they learn about relationships, responsibility, the political process, jobs and how to get into the college or technical school of their choice.


Frank has published over 25 books, posters, calendars and educational raps and is now known to his friends as “The Middle Aged Rapper” and “The Kappa Rapper”. He also speaks and conducts workshops at schools and conferences around the nation.


Frank has received numerous awards and honors. They include being named poet laureate for the Western Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Teacher of the Year for the Mental Retardation Association of Sacramento, the Western Province Achievement Award of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Sacramento’s Educator of the Year for the Black Educators for Action, the Black is Beautiful Outstanding Educator Award. And in 1997 he was inducted into the International Educational Hall of Fame.


Frank tells everyone he meets, “Your responsibility is to secure knowledge and to develop a technique in which you use that knowledge wisely”.