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Book details
  • SubGenre:Professional Development
  • Language:English
  • Pages:360
  • eBook ISBN:9798350948264
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350948257

Reflections of a Troubled Black Man

A Teacher's Quest, Turning Fear Into Strength, and Pain Into Passion

by Morris H Ervin Jr.

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One Educator's Fight Against Systemic Injustice and Personal Adversity This book provides a candid look into Morris H. Ervin Jr.'s journey from growing up in challenging environments to becoming a motivational speaker and advocate for youth empowerment. Through his work in juvenile facilities and inner-city schools, Morris encountered deep-seated anger and frustration among students, mirroring his own struggles. The memoir highlights a pivotal transformation in Morris's approach to education, marked by his adoption of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and a deep commitment to empathy. These principles reshaped his interactions with students, fostering a nurturing and understanding environment. Morris's narrative is not just about personal triumph over adversity; it's a powerful reflection on how empathy and compassion can revolutionize educational practices.
Growing up, I always felt like I was in a constant battle with the world around me. I saw the suppressed anger and rage in my friends, fueled by a system that often failed to understand or nurture us. We were quick to anger, and slow to forgive—our frustrations often boiling over in destructive ways. Therefore, my journey into education wasn't just a career choice; it was a calling, a mission to change the narrative for kids who were just like I used to be. I saw myself in them—in their struggles, their outbursts, their desperate need for guidance and understanding. I started out stern and strict, molded by my own experiences with authority figures who believed in 'tough love.' But with time, I realized that what these kids needed wasn't just discipline, but empathy, a chance to be heard, and tools to channel their pain into something positive. Embracing the principles of Non-Violent Communication (NVC), I transformed my approach to teaching and mentoring. I shifted from enforcing authority to fostering understanding and empathy. This new focus on compassionate listening and expressing oneself authentically helped me connect with students on a deeper level. "Reflections of a Troubled Black Man," is the culmination of my experiences and insights, encapsulating my life's journey and the transformative power of empathy and understanding. It serves as a practical guide for individuals facing similar struggles, offering strategies to transform fear and pain into strength and passion. The book is not just my story; it's a roadmap for personal and systemic change, deeply rooted in the principles of Non-Violent Communication. By sharing my story, I aim to empower others to turn their adversities into opportunities for growth and to inspire change within the educational system and beyond.
About the author
Morris H Ervin Jr. is is most recently an author, an Educator, International Nonviolent Communication Trainer, Racial Empathy Specialist, and Storyteller who has provided mentoring, youth development, mindfulness, and interpersonal communication through wellness retreats, leadership seminars, and community workshops for the past twenty years. Also as an artist, Morris has captivated audiences through his One Man Storytelling Shows. Morris has a unique way of reflecting his real life experiences through the characters he portrays on stage. Morris teaches storytelling as a way to help young people channel their life stories from the pen to the stage. His most recent artistic accomplishment is a memoir entitled, "Reflections of a Troubled Black Man: Teacher Quest, Turning Fear Into Strength, and Pain Into Passion"