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African-Centered Education

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Dr. Elisha Hall works to enhance the lives of African descendant peoples (ADP) through African-centered praxis that centers African culture and history. The African and Indigenous Knowledge Institute (AIKI) works to disseminate local methods, practices, curricular materials, facilitation styles, and knowledge individuals, families and organizations. This learning institute informs participants on how they can achieve greater individual and systemic transformation. Further, it provides a blueprint on how to use African and Indigenous knowledge to heal from past traumas at home, in schools, and within communities.  


AIKI Includes the following:

  • Participatory-Action research (PAR) through the Center for African and Indigenous Policy and Praxis

  • Virtual learning platforms for African and Indigenous-centered educators throughout the diaspora

  • Kemetic Meditation workshops and other community wellness strategies and approaches to address mental health, stress and trauma

  • Arts-based youth and family development

  • Digital and physical archiving of local cultures and traditions

Scope of Work

Healing-arts Education

Provides healing arts and meditation workshops for youth and adults.

Social Entrepreneurship & Strategic Planning

Supports youth and adults with impact business and non-profit innovation.

Digital Strategy

Creates mobile apps, websites and social media content for individuals and organizations.

Multimedia Production

Musical producer, graphic designer, photographer, videographer, and sound engineer.


Earned in December 2020 with a focus on using African-centered storytelling for healing generational trauma.

Archiving & Storytelling


Member and former Vice President of ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytelling.


Work Samples

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Strategic Planning

In April, Dr. Hall authored the Sustainability & Clean Energy Jobs White Paper for the North Lawndale Employment Network. In addition, he provided guidance for environmental literacy, social entrepreneurship development, and climate resiliency.

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Public Speaking

In 2023, Elisha was asked by the NAACP New Jersey Chapter to host a wellness session. The session was titled, "Thriving in the Face of Trauma: Racism, mental health, and healing in this Juneteenth Era.



In March, Dr. Hall led a Masterclass workshop with the NAACP New Jersey Chapter entitled, Emotional Intelligence: African-centered Mental Health and Emotional Identity. Participants learned tools and strategies to address mental health.

Work Samples

Podcasts, Videos, and Music

Check out my latest passion projects.

Last Album (2023)

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Current Entities & Projects

Work I am excited about.

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African and Indigenous Knowledge Institute (AIKI)

The African and Indigenous Knowledge Institute is a educational center that bridges African-centered praxis with the histories of African and Indigenous communities. We then help others do the same.

Ananse Cultural Keepers


Ananse Cultural Keepers is a cultural arts organization in Chicago. Ananse aims to use storytelling, music, and creative arts to engage youth across the African diaspora.

Pan-African Mutual Aid Fund (PAMAF)

The Pan-African Mutual Aid Fund (PAMAF) is a global NGO that raises resources for African descendent people in the diaspora. This fund secures financial, cultural, and physical wealth.

Elisha is a community educator and village builder. Elisha restores African healing legacies that have always accompanied African resistance and self-determination. He is the founder of the African and Indigenous Knowledge Institute (AIKI), a local bridge that developments institutions through interactive educational platforms and individualized diversity and inclusion support. Most recently, Elisha worked as the Social Entrepreneurship Instructor for adult learners that taught G.E.D. students how use financial literacy to increase income and impact the community.


Since 2018, he established the Respira Profundo (Deep Breathing) Program for pre-K students at Chicago Commons, a program that continued to operate virtually even during the pandemic. In 2016, he worked with members of Englewood and the broader Chicago community to establish the Ujamaa Community Land Trust. Elisha received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies in Urban Education at the University of Illinois (Chicago). His research centers on how storytelling can heal youth and adults especially when used as self-edification and character development. He fuses his movement work with healing justice scholarship to provide restoration for African and indigenous communities across the African world.

The Journey

A brief bio.

Let's Connect

Looking forward to working with you.​

Tel: 507-403-9062 | email:

Chicago, IL 60619

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