I just wanted to let everyone know the story behind my book “100 Years: A Journey to End a Vicious Cycle.” I started as a normal child with hopes, dreams, and goals. Somewhere along the line, I ventured into mischievous behavior. After making a lot of poor choices during my life such as using and selling drugs, I found myself in prison on more than one occasion. During which time I lost my grandmother, on my mother’s side of the family. After serving more than a decade behind bars I was determined to make more responsible choices concerning my life. Once I was released from prison in 2004, I felt that I had a fresh start in life. I wanted to work with troubled youth in order to prevent them from making going down the same path. I met my wife and we now share an eight year old daughter together. I continued working with troubled youth. I then earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Things appeared to be coming together in my life. During this process I was shocked to realize that my family “collectively” wasted more than one hundred years in prison. Within this number included my dad, my younger brother, a few of my cousins, and myself. I initially felt embarrassed, hurt, and disappointed. I quickly thought of ways of dealing with this reality. One of the things that I did was write the book. My hope is that this book will reach teenagers as well as adults. I understand that the cycle of crime and prison will continue unless changes are made. These changes will include the way that we think about ourselves, others, and life itself. Our lives are more valuable than our current situations. If anyone is interested in purchasing the book, it is available on Amazon and on my website http://www.journey100years.com
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Download the book to your iphone, android or kindle devices. This is a the true story of ending the vicious cycle of prison in his family.Mark got involved with drugs and street life as a teenager. This behavior led him to serve more than a decade in prison. After being released, Mark decided that he wanted to change and live a productive life but was faced with a harsh reality. Mark realized that his family “collectively’ wasted more than one hundred years in prison. Mark shares his journey as he attempts to end this curse in his family and in the community.
Good morning Everyone! I just have a short message from my hood to yours. Growing up in a low income housing project can present a number of challenges. There are also challenges when being raised without the presence of a father. These challenges can sometimes effect our will to pay attention and learn while in school. Some of us fall off and give up hope at this very point. Without an education, it is nearly impossible to earn an honest living. Drugs and crime are more available than getting a job sometimes. This is not an excuse for crime or any negative behavior. I am just pointed out some of the realities that exist in my hood. There is a need for men and women of the hood to stand up and take charge. Set a good example for our younger generation to follow. In the process we may win back some of the older ones who gave up years ago. For those of who knows better, it is time for us to do better. Each one, teach one! United we will Stand and divided we will Fall. We are responsible for making a positive difference in our own community. Have a good day!