“There are people incarcerated who have hope in seemingly hopeless situations. How can we connect to encourage them and help connect them to opportunities?”
Taken from audience questionnaire
Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe joined the Q&A via Skype after the Community Cinema [DC] screening of EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL in November at Busboys and Poets. Our panelists were all returning citizens who are involved in helping other returning citizens succede. Guests speakers are currently employed, completing college degrees, and running their own business.
Carroll Skipwith and Taharka Brothers ice cream founder Sean McCombs came from Baltimore for the screening. Taharka Brothers ice cream is served at Busboys and Poets. The company began as a non-profit social enterprise reaching out to Baltimore’s troubled youth and returning citizens with an entrepreneurial training opportunity. Carroll is a Taharka alumni who now runs his own real estate business. Charles Thornton, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizens (ORCA), ORCA’s Lashonia Ethridge Bey, and Family & Friends of Incarcerated People founder Stuart Anderson shared personal stories, advice and encouragement for people who want to make a success when given a second chance. Darius and everyone on the panel are examples that along with the challenges success is possible.