Journal Entry 

 Thursday, December 28, 2023: Voices of Change 

Michael Santos

Michael Santos

Title: Voices of Change: Advocacy and Activism After Incarceration

In the journey of self-empowerment and transformation, the role of advocacy and activism cannot be overstated. My own path through and beyond a 45-year prison sentence was profoundly influenced by the story of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery, Douglass became an iconic advocate for freedom and equality. His mastery of reading, writing, and oratory not only transformed his life but also became a beacon of hope and change for countless others. This is a narrative we embrace and encourage in our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” at Prison Professors Talent.

Embracing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Douglass’s journey reminds us that even in the most challenging circumstances, we have the power to influence change. Inspired by his example, I dedicated my time in prison to honing my communication skills. Through writing and publishing, I strived to bring awareness to the need for reform in our nation’s prison and sentencing systems. Like Douglass, we all have the potential to become voices of change, advocating for a more just and equitable world.

Developing Skills for Advocacy

  • 1. Learning and Education: Just as Douglass taught himself to read and write, education is a crucial tool for empowerment. It’s the first step towards understanding the issues and effectively advocating for change.
  • 2. Effective Communication: Whether it’s through writing, speaking, or other forms of expression, developing strong communication skills is essential for making your voice heard and influencing others.
  • 3. Understanding the Issues: To be an effective advocate, it’s important to have a deep understanding of the issues you are passionate about. This involves research, staying informed, and engaging in meaningful discussions.

Participating in ‘Preparing for Success after Prison’

Our course is designed to help you develop these essential skills. We offer guidance and resources to empower you to become an effective advocate and activist, capable of influencing positive changes in society. 

Invitation to Share and Participate

Join us in this transformative journey. Share your progress, challenges, and aspirations with us at [email protected]. Include “Request a Book” in the subject line of your email to receive a donation from our available resources, such as “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence” or “Success after Prison.”

Critical Thinking:

  • 1. Reflective Thinking: Consider a cause you are passionate about. How can you use your experiences to advocate for this cause?
  • 2. Action Plan: Develop a plan to improve your communication skills. This could include practicing writing, public speaking, or other relevant skills.
  • 3. Community Engagement: Think about ways you can start engaging with your community, even from within prison, to advocate for change.

In conclusion, “Voices of Change: Advocacy and Activism After Incarceration” is not just a title; it’s a call to action. We encourage you to follow in the footsteps of great advocates like Frederick Douglass, using your voice and your experiences to sow seeds for the future you want to lead. Together, we can transform challenges into opportunities for advocacy, activism, and positive change.

Respectfully,
Michael Santos
Founder, Prison Professors Talent