The NAACP@Dartmouth will be hosting a fireside chat with Cyntoia Brown-Long moderated by Professor Joshua Bennett, Maya Perkins '20, and Carlos Polanco '21. This is a special event that will center the voices of Black women and their experiences within the prison industrial complex, in particular Cyntoia Brown-Long's voice.
Cyntoia Brown-Long is an author, speaker, and advocate for criminal justice reform. Her memoir, Free Cyntoia, written while in prison, documents her early years and the 15 years she was incarcerated, and takes readers on a coming-of-age spiritual journey.
Cyntoia hopes that her story will not only inspire others but also shine a light on the injustice that people still face on a daily basis, especially the injustice to women and children in American prisons.
Free and open to the public. The bookstore will be on hand with books for purchase and signing.
In her own words, Cyntoia Brown shares the riveting and redemptive story of how she changed her life for the better while in prison, finding hope through faith after a traumatic adolescence of drug addiction, rape, and sex trafficking led to a murder conviction.
Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for a murder she committed at the age of sixteen.