Educator and Dancer
Clarence McFerren II, a native Memphian, is an inspiring educator, published author, and a multifaceted renaissance man. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Clarence competed on the Blue Raider track team and received a B.S. in Mass Communications with minors in Dance, Speech, and Theater. Clarence launched his career in Washington, D.C. public charter schools where he began his specialization in arts education, focusing on interdisciplinary and inquiry-based learning. Later, he graduated from American University with a M.A. in Performing Arts: Dance and a graduate certificate in Arts Management. That eventually led to working and training engagements with various organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Ailey School, Tennessee Arts Commission, to name a few. It was in these capacities that he cultivated his optimistic leadership style to engage the multiple intelligences of young minds to fearlessly think independently.