After MLK: One Author’s Walk to Freedom and Beyond

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Random Storyteller

Three years ago, I received a call from Mark L. Baynard, an aspiring author in Montgomery, Alabama. His story’s compelling twist dropped me into a chair. Mark’s family “collectively” wasted more than 100 years in prison. He bluntly related the challenges he overcame after his own release. Then he divulged how he exhorts others to join in the journey to end the cycle of crime and prison in our communities.

We shared a friendly networking conversation about the genre of memoir, indie publishing, professional editing, and book promotion. In February 2015, Mark released 100 Years: A Journey to End a Vicious Cycle (accessible with his other publications on his Amazon page).

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These days we face a divide in our country. However, Mark communicates a unifying voice and practices positive actions. As a youth advocate in a state-run facility, he works closely with students to instill structure and discipline in their lives. Mark is also the founder…

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Truth be Told

There is a cycle of crime, drugs use and sales, gun violence, and prison among our youth. Within our inner cities, some people can name two individuals within their family who have been incarcerated at one point.  The only answer to this problem is to lock them up and throw away the key. That will lead to a world of prisoners. As an alternative I believe that we must educate our youth and give the ones who want more out of life to have an opportunity to succeed. In my new book “100 Years: Truth Be Told” I attempt to educate our youth as well as adults. My goal is to give the warning as I paint the picture and then allow them to make an informed decision. There is always hope. #AnythingIsPossible #100Years #CantAffordToLoseAnotherGeneration #TheFutureOfOurYouth

Elizabeth Jennings Graham

Celebrating accomplishments of African-Americans. Elizabeth Jennings Graham was a teacher and Civil Rights Activist. She refused to get off a New York Streetcar in 1854. She had to be physically forced off by the conductor and a police officer. Her act of courage happened more than 100 years before Rosa Parks. She then sued the streetcar company and won!

Breaking the Cycle by bringing Awareness to the Community

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