dyslexic writer, speaker, and do-gooder who did not lean to read until 12 years
old. I faced a number of low
expectations growing up—was told I would flip burgers, be a high school dropped
out and end up in jail. Needless to say there hopeful prophecies didn’t come to
pass. Opposed to being a high school drop out I became a college graduate from
Brown university with an honors degree in English lit; instead of flipping
burgers I ended up writing books, the first of which I wrote at the end of the
23 as an undergrad; And instead of becoming an inmate I become an advocate
creating organizations and initiatives that help people who get the short end
of the stick.
I’ve won many awards for all of this —The Harry S. Truman fellowship for public services, Finalist for a Roads Scholarship, LA Achievement award from The Lab school of Washington where I shared the stage with Vice President Joe Biden—and been featured in/on HBO, NPR, The New York Times, NBC, Fast company, and many other media outlets. But what I’m most proud of is not that I proved some people how doubted me wrong—but that I proved the many people—my mom, a teacher named Mr. R, my wife Rebecca—right, not just about my potential but about the potential for all of us who live and learn differently.
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