Speaker Andre Norman delivered personal message of hope, triumph
PETERSBURG — From the streets, to prison, to professor, Andre Norman delivered a heartfelt message of hope to a group of businessmen, educators, local and state officials, and law enforcement on Tuesday, May 1 during the Petersburg-Dinwiddie Crime Solvers annual breakfast.
Known by many as the "Ambassador of Hope", Norman’s experience is what empowers him to speak about and create training programs for families in crisis, substance abuse and teen drinking, re-entry, ex-offenders, gangs, prison reform, and mentoring. Norman travels to schools, churches, and community centers around the world to serve as a mentor and friend to youth and community members alike.
From illiteracy to gang activity, Norman’s childhood prepared him for nothing less than a life of crime and violence. This behavior eventually led Andre to be sentenced to over 100 years in prison, with no sign of parole. A natural-born leader, he quickly rose to the top of the prison gang where he managed criminal and gang activities from within the confines of the correctional facility. His notoriety grew and Andre found himself in solitary confinement. There, a light turned on inside of Andre and he made the decision to turn his life around. He did just that and was paroled after serving a 14-year sentence.
He has lectured at Harvard University, including the School of Law, the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Divinity School. He has been a featured speaker at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning as well as the London Business School’s Sloan Fellowship.
The Petersburg-Dinwiddie Crime Solvers is a community involvement program, created to provide a means for citizens to safely and anonymously report information about unsolved crimes and fugitives. Crime Solvers is nonprofit organization that is funded primarily through tax deductible donations from businesses, civic organizations, and citizens.
The Petersburg-Dinwiddie Crime Solvers is always looking for community partners, so if you are interested in becoming a part of Crime Solvers, contact Sheriff Vanessa Crawford at 804-733-2369 or any member of the Board of Directors.