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Tocqueville Project Public Talk
"The Life I Chose"
Ameer Baraka

Tuesday, April 24
2:00-3:15pm
Liberal Arts 372


Ameer Baraka’s “The Life I Chose” is a vivid, instructive and true to life account of a young man’s descent into the criminal life in New Orleans and his ascent to become a successful actor, producer and mentor to youth in the city.

Mr. Baraka will talk about the temptations and “traps” of growing up poor, Black and illiterate in the streets of New Orleans, including a murder of another youth and a long prison sentence. Mr. Baraka effectively tells his story of redemption, including how he taught himself to read, his entry into the film industry and his work as a mentor to at risk youth. The role that faith and reading plays in his recovery, from life in the streets, reflects what psychologists understand to be the pathway from street and prison to success. 

For more information about Mr. Baraka, please read this press release from Yale University about his life and work: https://dyslexia.yale.edu/story/ameer-baraka-2/.


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