David Barclay Moore Speaks to DC Jail Book Club

November 23, 2017

Before David Barclay Moore, author of his debut young adult novel Stars Beneath Our Feet, even got a chance to introduce himself, he was peppered…

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Free Minds Goes to Philadelphia

October 25, 2017

In October, the Free Minds team (staff and Poet Ambassadors Terrell, Roderick, and Nokomis) hit the road to participate in a conference in Philadelphia, PA,…

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Baltimore Author D. Watkins Speaks to DC Jail Book Club

August 29, 2017

On a Thursday afternoon at the DC Jail, a group of men arranged chairs in a circle on the floor of the unit, surrounded on…

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Authors Coe Booth and Patricia McCormick Share Their Stories at the DC Jail

May 11, 2017

By Mbachur Mbenga This spring, teenagers in our Book Club at the DC Jail had the incredible opportunity to learn from two talented and generous…

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Free Minds Wins Renewal Award

April 24, 2017

In 2017, Free Minds was honored to receive the Renewal Award for Ingenuity from the Atlantic and Allstate. Free Minds was one of five winners…

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Former Child Soldier Emmanuel Jal Visits Free Minds Reentry Book Club

March 31, 2017

“When you are in a poor environment, you go into survival mode. Like me, you’ve all been to hell. But you came back!” Emmanuel Jal,…

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Free Minds at AWP Writer’s Conference

February 23, 2017

By Aubry Ellison, Free Minds Intern Every year, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) offers the largest literary conference in the nation with…

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A Classroom Full of Hope

January 31, 2017

Guest post by Karen Lausa, Executive Director of Words Beyond Bars and Friend of Free Minds We pulled into the parking lot of the M.V.…

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Tacenda Literary Magazine Publishes Free Minds Poets

October 12, 2016

Now my hours feel longer, I’m just trying 2 make it 2 another spring That means goodbye winter, my days are getting warmer I’m getting…

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First Free Minds College-Level Course Behind Bars

September 15, 2016

In 2015, Free Minds launched a pilot course in African American Literature for a new project called Free Minds University, a non-accredited correspondence course for…

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Free Minds visits Reach Incorporated and Encounter the Gospel of Life

July 26, 2016

On two separate days in July, Free Minds shared its message of hope with groups of eager young students from Reach Incorporated and Encounter the Gospel…

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Author and Activist Tony Lewis Inspires and Empowers at the DC Jail

July 19, 2016

22 16- and 17-year-old boys sat transfixed as author, advocate, and community activist Tony Lewis, Jr., told them the story of his journey that could…

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DoMore24: Support the Free Minds Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship

June 2, 2016

Free Minds offers a month-long paid Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship for young men returning from jail or prison. The Apprenticeship is a…

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We Can Be the Change: Writing Solutions to Violence

May 13, 2016

Free Minds, PEN/Faulkner, and Shout Mouse Press presented a poetry reading and discussion on an innovative tool to end violence. 

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Historic Visit: Congressman, Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Speaks to Book Club at DC Jail

April 20, 2016

Congressman John Lewis and his Policy Advisor and co-author Andrew Aydin visited the juvenile unit at the DC Jail to discuss their graphic novel March:…

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“We Can Be the Change” Featured on Harris’s Heroes!

March 22, 2016

The Free Minds “We Can Be the Change: Working to End Violence in Our City” event was a tremendous success, and was featured on ABC7/WJLA-TV’s…

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Award-Winning All American Boys Authors Discuss Racism and Police Brutality

March 9, 2016

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely met with the eager young readers in the Book Club to discuss All American Boys, the young adult novel they co-authored about…

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George Pelecanos and Stephen Kinigopoulos Share Short Film with the Book Club

March 4, 2016

DC author George Pelecanos and filmmaker Stephen Kinigopoulos, who met on the set of HBO’s The Wire, visited the Book Club at the DC Jail…

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We Can Be the Change: Free Minds Honors Lives Lost to Violence

January 29, 2016

On Thursday, January 14, Free Minds members, staff, family, and friends gathered to recognize the lives lost to violence in Washington, DC, and to pledge…

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WE CAN BE THE CHANGE: Working to End Violence in Our City

January 28, 2016

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