Reginald Dwayne Betts
Friday, June 8th, 6:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
Free admission on a first come, first served basis
“How does one become a man after being in a cell? Betts shows us that words are key.”
—E. Ethelbert Miller, Director of the African American Resource Center, Howard University
Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and father of two sons and the author of the memoir A Question of Freedom and the poetry collection Shahid Reads His Own Palm. As a poet, essayist, and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. In April 2012, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Betts as a member of the White House's Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Betts's reading will be followed by a brief Q&A. Guests will receive complimentary copies of the June issue of Poetry.
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