There was a time when the first words that might have come to mind when discussing Hasan Davis could have been delinquent, troublemaker … or worse. In Hasan’s youth, running the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, he barely stayed one step ahead of the law. After an early arrest as a pre-teen and expulsion from alternative school Hasan earned his GED and decided to leave the life he knew well, for one he could hardly imagine.
Hasan moved to Kentucky to attend Berea College. Although Hasan was expelled twice, he returned a third time, determined to prove that failure would not be his legacy. With the right attitude and support Hasan earned his BA degree from Berea College and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
This book of poetry and creative advocacy is an expression of his journey, those he brought with him, those he met along the way, and even those people and places he left behind.
Hasan is the author of “Written Off,” a memoir of how his journey through disability, poverty and delinquency is transforming the juvenile justice system; and “The Journey of York, Unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition,” which chronicles the experience of the Corps of Discovery’s only African American member, an enslaved man named York.