Head shot of a young man with brown shoulder-length dreadlocks and a bearded chin in front of a brown background, wearing a blue blazer, blue shirt, and yellow tie.

Bakari Ukuu

Job Title
Teacher, Kansas City Public School District
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Corps Region: 
Kansas City
Alumni Region: 
Kansas City

"It is important that educators of color are actively providing context within the greater narrative of education." 

Bakari Ukuu is an upper elementary educator in Kansas City Public School District, where he currently teaches at the African Centered College Preparatory Academy.

Originally from Tulsa, Bakari earned his B.A. in criminal justice from Langston University. Bakari relocated to Kansas City as a 2012 corps member. While in the corps, Bakari was a member of the Corps Member Leadership Council and the Corps Member of Color Affinity Group. Within these roles, he planned and facilitated corps member development workshops. He currently serves on The Collective's National Advisory Board.

Beyond his responsibilities with Teach For America, Bakari has been an active advocate for his district’s students, families, and staff through his service on multiple district committees. Bakari's passion for increasing the equity of education in Kansas City has led him to serving on the founding board for the Catalyst Fund for KCPS Students, an education foundation. Additionally, his commitment to growth and development has resulted in his participation in multiple teacher-leader fellowships. Bakari is also a proud member of the American Federation of Teachers and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.