African Americans make up 13.2% of the population. yet they make up nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population. Michael R. Bradley is just one of the many incarcerated African American men. He has been incarcerated with the California Department of Corrections since 1977, but within his time in prison he has taken several college courses and has not only written the book "Nothing Over Truth" but has also published several articles and is the editor of "DIrty Tears: Anthology of Folsom Prison Writings." In his book "Nothing Over Truth" Bradley talks about the struggles he faced throughout his life, both in and out of prison and shares some tips and lessons about life.
Main Point 1
Voice is a wish, choice, or opinion which is formally expressed. Everyone has a voice, but not everyone knows how to use it. Despite the fact that Michael is in prison he still found a way to reach a larger audience and make his voice heard.
Main Point 2
The first Narrative I chose was "Dirt Games." I chose this narrative because its a prime example of what it's like to have a voice but not being able to use it. For example, in the narrative he says, "I am forced to urinate in a bottle and defecate at least three times in a bucket used for floor wax. Due process had fled. There are no appeals, no showers, no letters, no visits, nor toothbrushes. All human rights are suspended until I submit." In this quote he is talking about the conditions is which he was living in and how he had no say or control over it.
In conclusion the main point of this presentation was to show the importance and value of your voice. Michael R. Bradley was incarcerated for 38 years, yet he still managed to make his story and voice heard despite the fact that he was living behind the walls of a prison.