A compelling, important addition to Hill Harper’s bestselling series, inspired by young inmates who write to him seeking guidance
After the publication of the bestselling Letters to a Young Brother, accomplished actor and speaker Hill Harper began to receive an increasing number of moving letters from inmates who yearned for a connection with a successful role model. With disturbing statistics on African-American incarceration rates on his mind, Harper set out to address the specific needs of inmates. Harper’s powerful message from the heart provides advice and inspiration in the face of despair along with encouraging words for restoring a sense of self-worth. Uplifting and insightful, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother provides the hope and inspiration inmates and their families need.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Hill Harper is the bestselling author of Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure. He is now a series regular on Covert Affairs. Harper holds degrees from Brown, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government.
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Introduction“There is no doubt that if young white people were incarceratedat the same rates as young black people, the issue would bea national emergency.”—Dr. Cornel West, Foreword, The New Jim Crow
Excerpted from "Letters to an Incarcerated Brother"
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Reconnecting
Letter 1 Aftermarket 11
Letter 2 The Nature of Freedom 17
Letter 3 Losing Is Learning: Letter from Lemon Andersen 23
Letter 4 Whose Life Is It?: The Stigma of the Incarcerated 38
Letter 5 Mentors and Options 45
Letter 6 Escape Plan: Letter from Dr. Jamal Bryant 55
Letter 7 Having an Impact 70
Letter 8 What Is a Slave? 76
Part 2 A Leap of Faith
Letter 9 Doing Time: Letter from Jeff Johnson 85
Letter 10 A Leap of Faith 93
Letter 11 Her Point of View 98
Letter 12 Hill's Assignment 105
Letter 13 Smart Enough: Letter from Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi 112
Letter 14 You Can't Keep a Good Mind Down 122
Letter 15 Should I Join a Gang?: Letter from Lupe Fiasco 126
Letter 16 What Makes a Man? 137
Letter 17 Lockdown 143
Part 3 Quantify Your Life
Letter 18 Your Highest Aspirations 153
Letter 19 Commit to Endure 158
Letter 20 Cleaning House: Letter from Dr. Benjamin Chavis 162
Letter 21 Straying: Letter from Russell Simmons 169
Letter 22 Forgiving 177
Letter 23 Mental Health: Letter from Chloe Flower 184
Letter 24 The Seven C's 196
Letter 25 Flicking the Switch 201
Letter 26 End Points 204
Letter 27 Warm-ups 206
Part 4 Becoming an Active Architect of Your Life
Letter 28 Developing Your Blueprint 219
Letter 29 Erasing: Letter from Enitan Bereola II 224
Letter 30 True Access to Education 229
Letter 31 Grit and Grind 236
Letter 32 Fear: Letter from the Honorable Michael Steele 244
Letter 33 Allies 252
Letter 34 Changing Your Tune 256
Letter 35 Unequal Just Us 265
Letter 36 Out There: Letter from Kevin Hagan 269
Letter 37 A Little Help from My Friends: Letter from Catherine Rohr 279
Letter 38 Childhood Eyes 290
Letter 39 Six Months Later: One Day at a Time: Letter from Charles "Roc" Dutton 294
Letter 40 Final Judgment 304
Part 5 Addendum
Owner's Manual 313
Suggested Reading 353
State Correctional Education Coordinator by State 359
Glossary of Terms 369
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