The house is ablaze! What are we going to do? This is the question posed by award-winning educator and former principal, Desmond Williams. His first book, The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America is a manifesto on the issues confronting Black boys in today’s schools.

Coming Soon! The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America 2nd Edition
Official release date: February 28, 2022


  • Kyle
    It is like he (Williams) is the wise teacher across the hall who takes the reader under his wing. My highlighter is getting a workout.
    Amazon reviewer
  • Kwame Sarfo Mensah
    This book is a must-read for any educator or parent who is a true advocate for educational equity.
    Kwame Sarfo Mensah
  • Todd Feltman
    Meaningful anecdotes support the key points. The analogy of the burning house was perfect.
    Todd Feltman
    Amazon Reviewer
  • Michael
    I am a parent of two young boys. This book helps the reader see the educator perspective.
    Amazon reviewer
  • Cathy P
    As we continue to move forward, I count it as a blessing to join you as a fellow firefighter.
    Cathy P
    Amazon reviewer
  • Principal Baruti Kafele
    His reading resource list in the addendum is off the charts! It even includes one of my books.
    Principal Baruti Kafele
  • Dr. Leanne Stephens
    “This book is full of truths and gems”
    Dr. Leanne Stephens
  • Dr. Cheri Hayes
    The sessions were filled with "ah-ha moments" and "Why didn't I think of that" moments. Desmond's passion and commitment to our children shone throughout his book and in the sessions. I look forward to another collaboration in the near future.
    Dr. Cheri Hayes
    Assistant Principal, Kadena ES
  • Crystal Garza
    Desmond was recognized and appreciated for helping to change the negative narrative often perpetuated by the media and others into a more positive counter narrative that recognized the untapped talents and faculties latent within boys of color.
    Crystal Garza
    Charlotte teacher