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Jerid P. Woods

Jerid P. Woods, also known as Akili Nzuri, is a writer, educator, PhD candidate, and literary influencer. He was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi, and survives on an unwavering commitment to ignite a passion for reading in youth. He also exists as a living testimony to the power of shared stories and knowing one’s self. He is the owner and creator of the website A Black Man Reading,, and the Instagram blog: @ablackmanreading. He is also one half of the dynamic podcast duo @booksarepopculture, available for streaming on all services.