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Marlon Peterson #BePrecedential - Writer, Youth Development Expert and Human Justice Advocate
In celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the Ithaca College MLK Week 2018 kicked off with keynote speaker Marlon Peterson on Jan. 23 in Emerson Suites. Peterson, an African-American activist and leader, spoke about youth development, violence prevention, criminal justice and equality.
For the incarcerated, personal agency is a deciding factor in success after release.
"In 1999, when I was 19 years old, I was arrested and charged with first degree murder, several counts of attempted murder, attempted robbery, and several counts of criminal use of a weapon. I was convicted of first degree assault and third degree weapons possession, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2002."
[OPINION] Activist Marlon Peterson says we've ignored the conditions that left an innocent teen in jail for 3 years without trial for far too long