The Truth

Courage to speak on an issue!

Voice, according to Merriam-Webster, has several definitions. For the purpose of this piece, I'd like to highlight two of those definitions. First, voice can be defined as an instrument or medium of expression. Secondly, voice can be defined as a wish, choice, or...

Change is on the horizon!

2017, ended on a high note with the development and subsequent empowerment of individuals throughout the State of Florida united in the pursuit of restoration for Florida's disenfranchised due to the State's clemency process. Over 1 million signatures were collected...

Happy New Year 2018!

2017, was a wonderful year in every sense of the word.  Yes, there were ups and downs, challenges that needed to be overcome, and stumbling blocks turned into stepping stones.  Somehow in the midst of it, 2017 felt different.  It felt as if the seeds planted years ago...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

  We at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) want to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, our extended family. As you celebrate this season in the manner that is most authentic to your families belief and culture we'd be remised if we didn't...

College Programs Bridging Skills Gap

It's one thing to come to a conclusion that the recidivism rate is high and brainstorm what can be done to create opportunities for returning citizens to flourish post-incarceration and another thing entirely to implement said ideas which can be challenging. Valencia...

We Are Thankful

On this beautiful day rooted in a spirit of thankfulness, we at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you in our viewing audience.  Thank you for your continued support of the Say Yes to Second Chances Campaign which...

Author:

Devin D. Coleman

Devin Coleman

Devin D. Coleman is an author, poet, and public speaker whose work embodies the art of turning tragedy into triumph. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Devin’s life took an unexpected turn while he was a student at Florida A&M University. An act of poor judgment landed him in prison his senior year causing him to squander what he worked so hard to accomplish. It was during this time that Devin chose to redirect his life through harnessing his talent for writing. He subsequently published his first volume of poetry titled Prisoner to Poet:  Thoughts of an Incarcerated Soul. Upon his release, Devin went on to complete his education at Edward Waters College in 2008.  He graduated with a 3.7 GPA in Organizational Management.

He serves his community in various ways by utilizing his skills and passion for civic engagement.  Devin is a former Executive Board Member of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), a Volunteer Board Member for the Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Council serving in the role of Secretary, serves on the Client Advisory Board (CAB) of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Member of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Team as a part of Responsible Fatherhood -An Initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Chairman of the Fatherhood Initiative Task Force in Jacksonville, FL, and a 2017 Criminal Justice Reform Lobby Day Ambassador.

He has also served as contributing poet for Promoting Purpose Magazine as well as a blogger for Urban Image Magazine.  In 2017, he launched his second blog Heart and Soul of a Single Dad in order to highlight and encourage the building of relationships between father’s and their children.  Devin’s mission is to encourage and enlighten youth to prevent them from making similar mistakes he once did.  This passion has created opportunities for Devin to speak at various events such as the Magnolia Leadership Academy Graduation, JA Boy$ (Junior Achievement Florida) program, Hooping 4 Hope’s 2nd Annual event, Better Justice Florida Forum, just to name a few.  He is currently working on several workshops with the intent of adding a visual context to his speaking engagements.  Also, fall 2017 will be the tentative release of his sophomore publication tentatively titled Prisoner to Poet:  Poetry and Prose.  For more information visit www.devindcoleman.com.

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