All posts by Mark L Baynard

Mark Baynard is an Author and a Youth Advocate/Mentor. He is the author of the book titled "100 Years: A Journey to End a Vicious Cycle" and "These Are Your Flowers." Both books are available on Amazon Mark writes from deep within his soul. "These Are Your Flowers" encourages us all to appreciate our loved ones while they are alive and able to smell the flowers. We don't have to wait until they pass on. Mark plan to use this website in order to offer a inspiration through the "word of the day" once a week as well as write articles. Mark is transparent with his audience and look for feedback on how to improve his interactions with my his audience. Mark shares his testimony of overcoming the streets, drugs, and prison in the book "100 Years: A Journey to End a Vicious Cycle." In the book Mark shares how his family, collectively, wasted more than one hundred years in prison. Mark also shares his own personal experience of wasting more than a decade behind bars. Once he was released in 2004, Mark has been on a journey to end the cycle in his family as well as the community. Mark's has dedicated his life to making a positive difference in our society. Mark also explains how he went from Criminal Background to earning a Criminal Justice Degree. One of Mark's motto's are: "Reach Our Youth Before Our Youth Reach Prison." Mark is also a Youth Advocate/Mentor who enjoys working with troubled youth. Mark believes that our youth can be reached by being honest and investing time with them. Mark is now married to a beautiful woman whom he shares a nine year old together. Mark sees his life as a blessing and he hopes to help others from falling into this vicious cycle of prison, substance abuse, or criminal behavior.

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

Thank you Catherine Hamrick for this Post

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).


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!