Is There Life After The Penitentiary?

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Looking at him and speaking to him you would NEVER know that this man was incarcerated and did federal time for over 12 years for selling crack cocaine.  In 1989 as the introduction of crack cocaine entered the Black community Kamau Sankofa then known as Kelcey Kendrick while in Highschool was drawn to the lifestyle of husting and selling drugs.  He sold marijuana and crack in housing projects and street corners throughout his home town of Chattanooga Tennessee.  He and 13 others became targets of a federal investigation and at the age of 21 In December 1994, all fourteen were indicted on conspiracy drug (cocaine/crack cocaine) distribution and weapons charges in federal court. Kamau was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.  While in Prison he wrote bi-weekly articles voluntarily for the Chattanooga News Chronicle. Upon his release in January 2008, Kamau hit the ground running & has no plans on slowing down.  He enrolled as a full time University student the day after he was released while working a full time job and writing for the local newspaper.  He's  appeared on local public television, participated in various marches and rallies around the issueof police brutality and works with the youth and individuals who feel trapped living a fast life in the streets.  Kamau Sankofa received his Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies and a minor in English Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May 2012 and has plans on attending Georgia State University School of Law in Atlanta.  

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