Person

Hasan Davis

Nationality:

American

Birthplace:

Atlanta, Georgia

Occupation:

Education speaker, consultant

Website:

https://hasandavis.com/

Hasan Davis is an educational consultant who works with school districts on left-of-center racial and cultural messaging and speaks at racial-diversity conferences. [1] He has said that he encourages teachers to use more “diverse individuals” in stories while teaching and to include stories of ethnically diverse individuals throughout the curriculum. [2]

He is also the principal of the consulting firm Hasan Davis Solutions and gives coaching and technical guidance to organizations about the juvenile legal system. [3]

Background

Hasan Davis was arrested at the age of 11, expelled from alternative school at 18, and joined a street gang. [4] He completed his GED and went to college but was expelled twice from Berea College before getting a bachelor’s degree in communications and later a law degree from the University of Kentucky. [5]

Juvenile Justice

Davis has served as a board member on many national juvenile legal associations such as the Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators, National Coalition for Juvenile Justice, and the Federal Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. As of 2021, he was a board member of the Kentucky Out-Of-School Alliance. [6]

Davis worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice in the state of Kentucky from 2008 to 2014 serving as a commissioner and deputy commissioner during that six-year span. [7] Davis advocated for more government-spending treatment programs instead of detention for non-violent juvenile offenders. [8]

Davis published a book in 2015 about his life titled Written Off: How One Man’s Journey Through Poverty, Disability and Delinquency is Transforming the Juvenile Justice System. [9] In some of his consulting jobs, Davis has participants read chapters of his book. [10]

School District Consulting

Davis has worked with school districts and local municipalities to put on performances where he plays the role of “little known” African-Americans. [11] He has done more than 500 theatrical performances that have featured the stories of boxer Joe Louis, [12] Civil War veteran Angus Augustus Burleigh, [13] and York, an enslaved man who traveled with explorers Lewis and Clark. [14] Davis said at one of his 2020 theatrical performances, “slavery is a mom and dad working seven days a week, no days off, no vacation, they don’t get a pension or a 401(k). They do what other people tell them to do, and the other people get the benefits.” [15]

In 2018, Davis was paid $1,500 by the Corbin Independent Schools district for a series of four one-hour motivational sessions with students. [16] Davis was a 2013 fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. [17]

The Education Trust

Davis is listed as a team member and fellow for the Education Trust, which conducts public policy research on education issues. [18] The Education Trust is funded by several left-of-center foundations including Laughing Gull Foundation, Arnold Ventures, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. [19]

References

  1. Hasan Davis Consulting. Accessed Dec. 13, 2021. https://hasandavis.com/tag/corbin-high-school-kentucky/ ^
  2. Hasan Davis. “Pivotal Presences: African Americans In American History.” Accessibility, Compliance & Equity. Jan./Feb. 2020. Accessed Dec. 13, 2021. https://issuu.com/acecommunications/docs/ace_0120_med ^
  3. Hasan Davis Consulting. Accessed Dec. 13, 2021. https://hasandavis.com/consulting/ ^
  4. “The Speakers.” Bismarck Tribune. Oct. 10, 2004. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. ^
  5. “The Speakers.” Bismarck Tribune. Oct. 10, 2004. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. ^
  6. Hasan Davis Consulting. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. https://hasandavis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Hasan_cv.pdf ^
  7.  Hasan Davis Curriculum Vitae. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. https://hasandavis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Hasan_cv.pdf ^
  8. Andrea Moore. “Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Awaits Beshear.” Paducah Sun. April 21, 2014. Accessed Dec. 13, 2021. ^
  9. Hasan Davis. “Written Off: How One Man’s Journey Through Poverty, Disability and Delinquency Is Transforming The Juvenile Justice System.” Accessed Dec. 13, 2021. https://www.amazon.com/Written-Off-Disability-Delinquency-Transforming/dp/0997155809/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3Q3CCV5CFH4A4&keywords=written+off+hasan+davis&qid=1639444852&sprefix=written+off+has%2Caps%2C195&sr=8-1 ^
  10. Hasan Davis Consulting. “EKU Learning Community: Written Off Book Study.” May 25, 2020. Accessed Dec. 13, 2021. https://hasandavis.com/blog/. ^
  11. Hasan Davis Curriculum Vitae. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. https://hasandavis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Hasan_cv.pdf ^
  12. Donna Hickman. “Hasan Davis Scores A Knockout.” Daily Journal. July 20, 2008. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. https://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/hasan-davis-scores-a-knockout/article_750a5af2-10b3-56b1-ba2f-9914d4ecbc7e.html ^
  13. “Davis To Present ‘A.A. Burleigh: Civil War Soldier.’” Mount Airy News. Nov. 11, 2019. Accessed Dec 13, 2021. https://www.mtairynews.com/news/79969/davis-to-present-a-a-burleigh-civil-war-soldier ^
  14. “Hasan Davis Addresses Young Achievers.” The Advocate-Messenger. March 29, 2007. Accessed Dec. 8, 2021. ^
  15. Kim Briggeman. “Re-enactor Highlights Unlit Corners Of Lewis And Clark Story.” Montana Standard. July 5, 2020. Accessed Dec. 8, 2021. https://mtstandard.com/news/state-and-regional/re-enactor-highlights-unlit-corners-of-americas-story/article_edcae304-b5db-5423-a9e8-482230117fe8.html ^
  16. “Hasan Davis.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed Dec. 13, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/hasan-davis/ ^
  17. Hasan Davis Curriculum Vitae. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. https://hasandavis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Hasan_cv.pdf ^
  18. “Hasan Davis.” Education Trust. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. https://edtrust.org/team/hasan-davis/. ^
  19. “Supporters.” Education Trust. Accessed Dec. 11, 2021. https://edtrust.org/who-we-are/supporters/. ^
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