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Motivational speaker Chris Singleton visits two School District Five elementary schools

For Immediate Release – March 1, 2021



Motivational speaker Chris Singleton visits two School District Five elementary schools

IRMO – Motivational speaker and author Chris Singleton spoke at H. E. Corley Elementary Leadership Magnet and Montessori Magnet School and Nursery Road Elementary School Arts Magnet on February 25 as the schools celebrated Black History Month.


Singleton, a former professional baseball player, now travels the country, speaking on forgiveness, after the death of his mother in the 2015 Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.


“My mission is unity,” Singleton said. “I go around to different schools and talk about unity and what that looks like coming together for kids from different countries, different places in this country and even around the world.”


Singleton’s first book, “Different,” has sold thousands of copies. The 32-page picture book tells the story of a young boy named Obinna who moves to Charleston from Nigeria. He doesn’t talk like his classmates or look like them. His colorful clothes suddenly seem too loud when others ask what he’s wearing. The book is focused on teaching kids the importance of loving your neighbor.


“I think that because Chris went through such a painful situation in his life he uses his pain as his purpose in sharing his story and it includes his message that it is better to forgive than to carry around hate,” said Lisa Brooks, Magnet Lead teacher at Nursery Road Elementary School. “I hope my students hear that message and learn that even though we are different, we are all the same inside and to love each other because love is greater than hate.”


Singleton has also created the Love Your Neighbor clothing brand with a message of spreading love and putting an end to racism. As part of Singleton’s message, he notes his forgiveness of the man who killed his mother.


“H. E. Corley was thrilled to have had Chris Singleton come and speak to our students and staff,” Jason Pollock, H. E. Corley Elementary School principal said. “His message of love is stronger than hate was timely. He did an amazing job of relating to our students and connecting with our faculty. His journey and his message have inspired us all."


Singleton’s message also focuses on diversity and inclusion.


“When I leave a school or an organization, I want two things to happen,” Singleton said. “Number one, I want students to be inspired to get through whatever life throws their way and number two, I want them to be motivated to promote unity and go out to their school and into their city and reteach their friends and family to love people.”


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