Craig is an artist/mentor possessing a wealth of experience working with inner-city youth. He has worked as a Contract Tutor for the Contra Costa College District (2011 to 2012) in English and Social Studies departments (Sociology/Psychology) and as a Group Leader for the West Contra Costa Unified School District (2010 to 2012).
In 1986 Mr. Erving received a mandate/charter from a branch of the Nigerian government’s Youth Development Division to form the United States chapter of “The Sheriff Guard of Nigeria”. The Sheriff Guard was a youth organization dedicated to the social, mental, physical and spiritual development of inner-city youth created in Nigeria in 1974 by Dan Isokrari. He believes in the "whole learning" approach to education, in which a student's educational growth is always seen as connected to his or her growth in society as a part of that society.
Craig began writing at an early age. He was a member of his high school journalism department, wrote for the school newspaper and was first published in The Oakland Tribune newspaper at the age of 17 years old. Since that time he has published three books of poetry (under the pseudonym “Zahieb A. Mwongozi”), and has had his articles published in national magazines such as The Source Magazine and 4080 Magazine.
From 1988 through 1989 Craig was a staff writer for The Monroe Free Press in Monroe, LA. His ties to media are numerous: he worked for a year in college radio at the University of California Berkeley’s KALX, has been a stage actor with prominent roles in works performed at the Oakland Ensemble Theater, the Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley, CA, and Laney College Theater. His background in theater includes mentoring and direction by such black theater luminaries as Ed Bullins (known as the ‘Godfather of Black Theater’), Charles Gordone (R.I.P.), author and director of the famed stage play “No Place to Be Somebody”, and poet/writer/social activist Marvin X. He has also trained in workshops at the San Francisco ACT under the tutelage of Danny Glover.
Craig has been equally prolific as a recording artist and performer. He signed his first recording contract at age fifteen with MUSIC CITY RECORDS in Oakland, CA and is said to have written over 200 individual original songs. He utilizes popular culture and modern media as tools to enhance literacy.
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