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Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones

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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.

ISBN-13: 9781592408719

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Publication Date: 04-01-2014

Pages: 400

Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Age Range: 18 Years

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

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"A must-read for all parents to share with their sons (and daughters)."

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

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

Resources 357

State Correctional Education Coordinator by State 359

Appendix 367

Glossary of Terms 369

Bibliography 373

Acknowledgments 377

Notes 379