In short, I’m a Black History Advocate who uses Black History as a tool, speaking from my personal experience with a hate crime, to help students, teachers, companies and organizations reach their potential and live a life of purpose in alignment with equity and cultural competency. As a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alumnus and south side of Chicago native, speaker, cultural consultant (Crim’s Cultural Consulting, LLC), sociopolitical commentator, cast member on the PBS documentary ‘Divided We Fall’, author of the Amazon best-seller Black History Saved My Life, former City Council Candidate and high school social science instructor, I do this a variety of ways. As an educator, I’ve been awarded “Most Inspiring Teacher” by the graduating seniors more than five times, the “Joliet Chamber of Commerce’s Great Teacher Award”, the National Hook-up of Black Women’s “Gold Star Award for Education”, the P.E.P.S. “Community Activist of the Year Award”, and the “Dr. Isaac Singleton Award for Extraordinary Service” by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Joliet. As a consultant and speaker, I have spoken at various conferences and institutions nationally, such as the United States Department of Education’s Black History Month panel, the University of Chicago, Illinois State University and Nevada State College. Internationally, I’ve been a featured speaker in Canada and the United Kingdom. Additionally, as someone who received justice in a hate crime that was seen by more than 25 million people, I use my voice to speak for those who are targets of racism, by teaching them how to reach their full potential using Black History, while showing companies, educators and organizations how to replicate his strategies. My story has been featured on NPR, CBS, Matter of Fact, a television show produced by former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and the podcast of Red Table Talk co-host Adrienne Banfield-Norris, entitled Positively Gam, the NY Post, Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. I hope to use my life experiences to inspire others to fight injustice, and educate and empower themselves for the purpose of equity and justice. Black History saved My life. What’s going to save yours?
Ernest Crim III
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