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Freedom Writer on Campus


Grand View will host Freedom Writer Sharaud Moore on December 9, 2010. Sharaud will present on campus at noon and 4 p.m. in the Viking Theatre.

Sharaud D. Moore
Freedom Writer

In the tenth grade, Sharaud was expelled from school for carrying a gun to class, and sent to Wilson High School where he was enrolled in Erin Gruwell's English class. Sharaud hated school, and only attended because he enjoyed playing football there. Sharaud continued to be a constant burden in the classroom, until he became the victim of a vicious prank in which a classmate drew a racist caricature of him. The experience sparked the Freedom Writers movement and changed Sharaud's views on education and the world around him.

Sharaud has traveled across the country speaking to audiences about the power of education and his triumph overcoming obstacles. Sharaud earned his Bachelor's Degree from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa in 2000. In 2007 Sharaud's story was highlighted in Paramount Studios' film, Freedom Writers. Sharaud is currently an algebra teacher and coach at one of the schools he was once expelled from.