ShaRhonda Crystal Knott Dawson writes on diverse topics, such as: politics, education, current events and social justice. She is also a taco enthusiast, a proud member of the Bey-hive, and truly believes that she will be receiving her letter from Hogwarts any day now.

ShaRhonda Crystal Knott-Dawson received her masters degree from The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, with an emphasis on management and public policy. She received her undergraduate degree from the Jacob Carruther’s School of Inner City Studies with a focus on the study of Western Civilization through an Afro-centric lens.  ShaRhonda also has over 15 years experience in nonprofit program management. She also has worked over 20 years as a political organizer, focusing on engaging youth, and people of color.

She is a proud Christian, raised Baptist and a currently a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ.  She also attends Mass at her local Catholic Church, is obsessed with the studies of Jewish women during the First and Second Temple periods, and although she is a terrible meditator, is trying hard to incorporate the lessons of presentness into her Protestant Christianity.  She really likes Jesus and is pretty spiritual.

​ShaRhonda currently resides in the west suburbs of Chicago and is the mother of two wonderful, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. ShaRhonda is a lupus AND mental illness fighter which has made her very badass: like her muse, Frida Kahlo.  She is also a Black woman unafraid to speak the truth about racism, which makes her even more badass: like her muse, Ida Barnett Wells.