The true story of the first rapper in U.S. history to run for Congress.
On November 8th 2002, the same day the movie 8 Mile starring Eminem hit theaters, a high school English teacher in Salinas, California grabbed the small American flag hanging in his classroom and led 150 students out of Alisal High School. Overnight he became the leader of a fight to improve education and his grassroots success catapulted him into a run for Congress at the age of 25.
This is the story of David Munoz from Salinas, a city Forbes Magazine ranked as the 2nd Least Educated in America, yet he escaped the gang violence there to study politics 3,000 miles away at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and came back to make a difference in his community. He taught the children of migrant field workers how to read and write, fought the entire Salinas Union High School District over standardized testing, ran for Congress against the same man he helped get elected and did it all using hip hop.
A real David versus Goliath tale using rhymes instead of rocks.
An ideological battle was waged inside one young man who sought the best way to change the world around him. Would it be through government or through education? This book answers one important question: Who has more influence over the world — the politician or the artist?