Article courtesy of TheBlaze, written by Dave Urbanski
Eric Thomas went from being a homeless, fatherless high school dropout who survived the streets of Detroit by fighting on a daily basis to earning his Ph.D. in educational administration from Michigan State and becoming a sought-after motivational speaker who commands between $50,000 and $100,000 when he shares his story with corporations.
You might assume that by this stage Thomas breezes through most challenges — but then he stepped onstage in front of a not-very-fired-up group of students at Vashon High School in St. Louis last month.
See, 70 percent of the school district’s pupils read below their grade levels, KTVI-TV reported, and Thomas was there — for free — to try to spark some change in their lives.
But when some students in the auditorium kept talking while Thomas was trying to speak, the been-to-hell-and-back guy known as the “Hip-Hop Preacher” wasn’t having any of it — and the event took a dramatic turn