On January 23, inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center participated in a program dedicated to the legacy of Dr. King. The hour-long program featured music, a motivational speaker, and the inspirational words of Dr. King.
After Deputy Todd Stubblefield and Chaplain Myron Contee welcomed inmates and staff, the Inmate Choir (right) performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” under the musical direction of Kammie Stubblefield, a member of the Inmate Services team. Keyboardist Reginald Anderson accompanied the choir and audience members clapped along.
Following the choir’s uplifting performance, Inmate Services Manager Gloria Wright introduced the guest speaker, educator Gregory Baldwin. In addition to his extensive experience with Alexandria City Public Schools, Mr. Baldwin serves as a coordinator for restorative practices to improve and repair relationships between people and communities and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
Mr. Baldwin drew upon Dr. King’s leadership and legacy to provide a meaningful and hopeful message for inmates. He told them that despite the fact they are currently in jail, it will not define their entire lives. He encouraged them to keep moving forward and reminded them that it is never too late to live their dream. He told them to recognize their character, strength, and perseverance and to remember that they are far greater than their mistakes.
After Mr. Baldwin’s stirring message, inmates Travon Porter and Tiara Richardson read Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Once the program concluded, audience members enjoyed light refreshments.