A Redemptive Path Forward: From Incarceration to a Life of Activism

A Redemptive Path Forward: From Incarceration to a Life of Activism

by Antong Lucky
A Redemptive Path Forward: From Incarceration to a Life of Activism

A Redemptive Path Forward: From Incarceration to a Life of Activism

by Antong Lucky


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A motivational memoir by a formerly incarcerated man who transformed from founder and leader of the Dallas Bloods to a practitioner of peace and nonviolence in the neighborhood he once helped destroy

As a child of an incarcerated father, Antong Lucky grew up in an impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhood in East Dallas, Texas, born at the same time as East Dallas experienced an alarming rise in crack cocaine and heroin use. Despite his high grades and passion for learning, Antong is introduced to gang life and its consequences.

Eventually, Antong forms the Dallas Bloods gang, inaugurating a period in the 1990s of escalating retaliatory gun violence buoyed by a lucrative illegal drug enterprise until he is ultimately arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison. His journey through the doors of transformation came through the pain of incarceration and introspection that caused him to question the cognitive distortions embedded in him since childhood.

Once in prison, Antong denounced his gang affiliation and began working to unite rival gangs, quickly rising to become one of the most respected and sought-after mentors in prison. A spiritual transformation further inspired Antong to return to his old neighborhood after early release, seeking to align with like-minded people dedicated to challenging systemic issues in U.S. communities through collective efforts. The work of an incisive, determined mind, A Redemptive Path Forward will take its place among the broadening canon of titles championing and investigating prison reform and societal transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640095342
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 05/17/2022
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

ANTONG LUCKY is an activist, advocate, and public speaker concentrating in the areas of mentoring Black men and boys, bridging the gap between community and police, and developing and launching violence reduction strategies, criminal justice reform, and reentry initiatives for formerly incarcerated people.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Deion "Prime Time" Sanders xi

Introduction: Everything Must Change xiii

1 The Boy Is the Father of the Man 3

2 Hood Credentials 12

3 Deviant, Delinquent, and Dangerous 24

4 The Mouth of the Beast 29

5 How Do You Behave? 35

6 Losing Me 43

7 Cops and Crack Houses 47

8 Good Girls 51

9 The Beast 57

10 Crossroads 65

11 Coming Out of the Cave 71

12 In the Belly of the Beast 83

13 The Disease 90

14 The Cirlce of Kings 98

15 Getting Out of the Can 110

16 God's Plan 114

17 Forging Forgiveness 125

18 Peace Be Still 134

19 Each One, Teach One 143

20 Gang Busters 149

21 A New Perspective 155

22 The Audacity of Activism 162

23 Vision Regeneration 169

24 Slander 175

25 Free at Last, Free at Last 180

26 Urban Specialist 186

27 Unlikely Collaborators 193

Acknowledgments 203

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