Ernest Crim III, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alum (M.A.) and south side of Chicago native, is a speaker, radio commentator for WVON 1690AM, writer, activist and social science instructor at Joliet Central High School. As an educator, he has been awarded “Most Inspiring Teacher” by the graduating seniors thrice, the “Joliet Chamber of Commerce’s Great Teacher Award” in 2017 and the National Hook-Up of Black Women’s “Gold Star Award for Education” in 2018.
Crim’s lessons extend past the classroom, however. As a student at UIUC, he realized he had a passion for activism and education while experiencing academic turmoil on probation and racism on campus whilst taking African American Studies courses.
His path in college was validated in 2016, when he and his wife were the targets of a hate crime that went viral (with over 20 million views across various platforms). The strain of the lengthy judicial process to convict the perpetrator caused Crim to increase his commitment to social justice. In fact, he now regularly speaks at schools and conferences, organizes events to empower the youth and serves as a mentor for his school’s ‘Brother-to-Brother’ club and ‘Black Student Union.’
Crim hopes to use his life experiences to inspire others to fight injustice, educate and empower themselves, and resolve conflicts appropriately.
Ernest Crim’s expertise is speaking to teenagers and adults and providing them with an engaging and transformative dialogue that allows them to realize and actualize their potential and purpose by incorporating a combination of self-help strategies coupled with a wealth of historical knowledge based on his experience as an educator and journey for justice following his hate crime incident. Concurrently, Mr. Crim can speak to parents about strategies to help improve their child’s academic standing as well.
Furthermore, Mr. Crim can speak to a wide range of children and adults who have been bullied or targeted by overt and systemic racism or any other issues of injustice to provide them with hope and strategies to restore justice and maintain their mental health. Additionally, Mr. Crim can speak to educators about increasing classroom engagement as well as provide coaching to improve their evaluation rating.
Mr. Crim is available to speak youth groups, schools, colleges, churches, community organizations, sports teams and companies on the topics of self-improvement, activism, anti-racism strategies, social justice, increasing classroom engagement among other topics.
As a student at UIUC, Crim realized he had a passion for activism and education while experiencing academic turmoil on probation and racism on campus whilst taking African American Studies courses.
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