Ben Hodge

Ben Hodge is the founder and faculty advisor of the Panther Anti-Racist Union. A 20-year veteran of the classroom, he teaches acting classes at Central York High School and serves as the artistic director for the Central York Performing Arts program. A staunch advocate of the Diversity programming in the Central York School District since 2006, he has focused primarily on diversity education, mediation, and social-emotional awareness.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Strega Nona

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Two things everybody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves.”― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

James Baldwin, Clint Smith, and John Meacham

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love to tell stories and am fascinated with truth-telling.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Speak your truth and share it courageously.