This week, Huffington Post published an essay by a young man who left prison at 27 after being incarcerated for 10 years. The story is part of their What’s Working series that came out of the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform. Phil Mosby credits a book club and writing workshop with changing his perspective and introducing him creative self-expression.
In our weekly sessions, I felt comfortable enough to take off the hard mask I wore and show my true feelings. Our small group became a brotherhood as we left the street beefs behind to discuss books. The authors were people that looked and acted like us. I will never forget the first book that really hit me, “Makes Me Wanna Holler,” by Nathan McCall. He was a young guy who was incarcerated and became a journalist at the Washington Post. I thought, “If he can do it, then maybe I can.”
His story of a small nonprofit program that set him on the first steps of a winding path to change sounds so much like the graduates of our Truth Be Told classes. Read Mosby’s inspiring story: Reading and Writing as Ticket Out of Solitary Confinement — and Prison