“I was incarcerated for five years and released in 2011. One of the things that I do now when I’m having a bad day or just feeling like I have not accomplished anything in life is I look at two photos side by side. One of the photographs is of me during my incarceration. The OTHER photo is of me on the day of my college graduation. I was separated from my children while incarcerated and I was at a point in my life where I didn’t want to live anymore, but I survived, and this is were I find my strength. I then went on to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and I also have my Associate’s degree in social work.
My brother was also murdered two years ago and we are still dealing with the grief. I have chosen to stand up for justice and keep speaking his name. I’m involved with some great organizations now such as the National Homicide Justice Alliance, Operation Save Our City, Prison Ministries, and I am also a part of the mentor program at the Criminal Justice Center and I mentor those who are reintegrating back into our communities. I also am working on establishing an organization in memory of my brother which is called SOMBER – “Sisters Of Murdered Brothers Emerging & Revolutionizing”.
My strength to persevere comes from my struggles, and I have decided to help others make it through their struggles.”