Los Angeles, CA—In a recently released interview with Comedy Hype + I sat down with Donald Bakeer, a prominent figure in Los Angeles education and the author of the book ‘Crips.’ This engaging conversation delves into the remarkable life and experiences of Mr. Bakeer, particularly during his time as a teacher in various schools in South Central, Los Angeles during the 1970s and 80s. His influential book, which delves into the emergence of gangs in the area, would later inspire the creation of the 1992 film ‘South Central.’
Our dialogue covers a wide range of topics, offering a glimpse into the fascinating journey of Mr. Bakeer. Beginning with his service in the Vietnam War, we delve into the pivotal moments that shaped his perspective on education and community engagement. Mr. Bakeer discusses his early days teaching at mosques in South Central as a Muslim, highlighting the diverse nature of his educational journey.
A captivating piece of history that often goes unmentioned is also unveiled during our conversation. Mr. Bakeer shares the fact that during the 1950s, Malcolm X traveled to Los Angeles and played a pivotal role in establishing a temple on Broadway and 56th. This information takes on a personal connection, as it is just a few blocks away from where my grandmother’s home was located.
The interview delves into thought-provoking subjects, including Mr. Bakeer’s insights on reparations, the legacy of Nipsey Hussle, and the intricate connection between gangs and anti-literacy. Through his stories and experiences, we gain insights into the innovative approaches he employed to tackle this challenging issue head-on, aiming to uplift and empower his students.
In this interview, listeners can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the multifaceted aspects of Mr. Bakeer’s life, his unwavering commitment to education, and his contributions to the Los Angeles community. As we explore his journey, we come to appreciate the impact he has had on generations of students in Los Angeles.
Check out this interview that sheds light on a remarkable educator and his invaluable contributions to youth in South Central, Los Angeles.