Mark L Baynard is an author, Book Publisher, youth advocate, and a true success story. He overcame a past of crime, drugs, and prison by now making a difference in his community. Marks was raised in a Housing Project in Wilmington, Delaware, along with his siblings, by his single Mother. He also visited his dad and other siblings in Alabama each year. His mother was a very hard worker who worked two low-paying jobs to raise her five children. His mother raised him to be respectful to others. During his teenage years, Mark began searching for meaning in his life. Having low self-esteem, he started experimenting with marijuana, alcohol and other drugs. This was just the beginning of more problems to come. Mark eventually started selling drugs and living the lifestyle that goes along with it. Due to the choices that he made, Mark ended up going to prison for drugs. Mark was released from prison after serving a two-year sentence. He returned to selling drugs and making unwise choices. Within a year, Mark was back in prison for drugs. He ended up serving thirteen years before being released. While serving time, Mark started accepting responsibility for his actions and began addressing his personal issues. Once he was released in 2004, he moved to Montgomery, Alabama with family. He eventually met a young lady whom he married. They now share a ten-year-old daughter together. Mark also has a twenty-four-year-old daughter prior to his marriage. Mark decided to further his education by enrolling in Ashford University where he earned his Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012. He then went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama in 2014. In 2015, Mark released his first book titled “100 Years: A Journey to End a Vicious Cycle.” In his book, Mark shares the true story of how his family “collectively” wasted more than one hundred years in prison. He also shares some of the many challenges that he has overcome after being released from prison. Mark encourages others to join in the journey to end the cycle of crime and prison in the community. Later that year, Mark released his second book “These Are Your Flowers.” This book highlights the importance of letting our loved ones know how much they mean to us while they are alive. Mark went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Administration at Troy University. He has since transferred to Auburn University at Montgomery in 2015. In August of 2016, Mark released the book “100 Years II: Truth Be Told.” In his book, Mark addresses issues such as black-on-black crime, police brutality, as well as the identity crisis of African Americans. All of Mark’s books are available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00TLXK5L6 In 2017, Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn University at Montgomery.
Mark plans to use his education accompanied with his personal experiences to help others. Mark is a living example that anything is possible. Mark founded “U Can” (Universal Community Advocacy Network) Community Organization, where he works with at-risk youth and has plans to work with adults in the future. Mark’s purpose is to make a difference in the lives of the individuals he serves. His goal is to decrease the high recidivism rate among both juvenile and adult offenders. Mark may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great weekend. Today is Juneteenth and tomorrow is Father’s Day! Celebrating Freedom and Father’s on the same weekend. As an African American, It’s important for me to appreciate, value, and make the best of my freedom . This means making responsible choices and avoid misleading anyone down the path of crime. To be a Father is one of the greatest gifts. To be trusted with guiding a human life is priceless. I will continue to be grateful as I continue to grow and become a better Man, Husband, and Father. This is only possible through the freedom that I have.
Looking for Inspiration for my next book! I have several book ideas, but can’t seem to decide which book to focus on. Writing is more spiritual for me. I usually write as I become inspired by something that I feel strongly about. Some may not understand the struggle I’m facing. I just need some inspiration to get me over the hump. Thanks in advance to those who understand.
Though we may be experiencing some difficult times with this pandemic, we’re making no excuses. We get up in the morning and take with us our protective gear, as we head out for work. Being an essential worker, we’re practicing social distancing, hoping to make it back home safe. Yes, it gets uncomfortable at times, but we’re making decisions for the greater cause of society. This greater cause includes our fellow human being (Our brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, parents, grandparents, neighbors, strangers, & friends. We’re praying for the many people (170,000+) that we’ve lost to the battle of COVID-19. May the Most High God continue to guide us in the right direction. I remain humble and thankful for my portion here on earth. That being said, there are No Excuses!