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Thank you Letter from Laura Downton, Exec. Dir (NRCAT)

Thank you Letter from Laura Downton, Exec. Dir (NRCAT)

From: "Laura Downton" <ldownton@nrcat.org>
To: roachbrown@comcast.net, "mertineharri" <MertineHarri@comcast.net>
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 12:13:43 PM
Subject: Thank you! Contribution 
Dear Roach and Mertine,
Thank you both for being a special part of the final stop of the national tour of Mariposa and the Saint last night! I am sharing  attached a couple photos from the event. 
NRCAT will be making a $100. online contribution to The Inner Voices in honor of your powerful presence and sharing last evening, Roach. 
We look forward to growing our collaboration together.
Merry Christmas!
With deep gratitude,
Letter from Darryl Hughes
Letter from Darryl L. Hughes to Roach Brown

Letter from Darryl L. Hughes to Roach Brown

From: "Darryl Hughes"
To: "roachbrown"
Cc: "Gennine"
Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2016 12:03:26 PM
Subject: Re: Seven former inmates have lunch with President Obama

Lunch & conversation with the President of these United States of
America.... Totally Awesome!! I'm sure this experience will always remain a
game changer in your life.
Your statement is so profound, "... never seen the kind of attention in the
general public to criminal justice reform and helping former inmates."
Through all of your efforts & attention to this very important topic,
please know that your role has heighten the awareness & the change that so
many benefit from.
I've said it before... I am so proud of you & your body of work. Job well
done, Mr. Brown!!

Darryl L. Hughes
U. S. Federal Probation Officer
Email from Nkechi Taifa
Email From Nkechi Taifa to Roach

Email From Nkechi Taifa to Roach

The call in number is (202) 395-6392.  After you dial the number, it will ask for you to enter a code.  Enter code  814 5395 and then hit the pound sign (#).  Please let me know you received this e-mail.  The White House wanted as many of you to be on the call that can join. 
Nkechi (202) 641-6605. 

You are invited to participate in a conference call on criminal justice reform with White House Officials on Friday April 22h at 5:00 PM EST.
·         Date: Friday, April 22th, 2016
·         Time5:00 PM EST
·         RSVP: To participate in this conference call, please dial: 202-395-6392 Code: 814-5395 #
Please note that this call is off-the-record and not for press purposes.
We look forward to speaking with you!
The White House | Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
Letter from Isaac Fulwood

On behalf of the Commissioners and Staff of the U.S. Parole Commission, thank you for participating in the Commission’s Second Annual Training Seminar.  You did an outstanding job serving as a panelist and discussing the challenges that ex-offenders face in returning to the community. I believe that our staff gained a wealth of knowledge and information from you discussion.  The information that you shared will benefit them in performing their jobs more efficiently and effectively.


Isaac Fulwood, Chairman

United States Parole Commission

U.S. Department of Justice



On behalf of the Administration, Staff and Inmate population, we would like to thank you again for coming to share your powerful story with the inmates here at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.  As was stated at the end of your presentation, some of the participants were very grateful to you for coming and sharing your story that in turn has given them hope to make a change in their own lives.  We commend you for your fortitude and your commitment to making a difference in the lives of others, and we look forward to having you come back again in the near future to continue to spread your story that can play a role in touching and healing those who are hurting.


Brenda Shell-Eleazer, Correctional Facility Administrator

Karen P McDonald, Volunteer Coordinator

Jennifer Road Detention Center

Anne Arundel County, Maryland 



Excerpts from Thank You letters from students at Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) program, Washington, DC.  OIC/DC is a licensed Post Secondary Education Institution for non-degree students in the District of Columbia.  OIC/DC is also a part of a network of 46 international affiliates in 18 countries including several African nations, Poland, and the Philippines.


“Mr Roach, you inspired me to want to do more with my life; such as set more goals for myself, and don’t let no one keep me down.  I learned that only I can judge me.  I now see that I can do anything I want to do, if I just believe in myself.” – Roxanne R.


“I could really relate to you and I also take my hat off to you for being a man of your word. They let you go perform and you did not run.  I know it took a lot, because me personally, I probably wouldn’t had been that strong-minded.  You are a role model for the brother on the other side of the wall who’s trying to get where we are.” – Michael W.


“Mr Roach Brown, I want you to know that outside of my parents, you are one of the first persons to inspire me.  Before I thought I knew what I wanted out of life and what my purpose of life was, but really I was just stubborn.  I want you to know how you help me to realize that life is not about how high you can get or how fresh you can get; life is about maintaining and helping another.” – Danielle R.


“I know for a person that was facing something as mentally difficult as life in prison, it must have been somewhat of a task to get where you are today.  That alone lets me know that no matter what situation you’re in, we all have a purpose to be great in life.  You just have to strive for it.” – Dalaura E.


“Mr. Roach, I want to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing and just let God lead you in the right direction.” – Ebony T.


Mr. Brown:

Excellent program you had there on July 09. Some very poignant and heartfelt moments. Truly, the worst moment in your life does not define you for the rest of your life.

I thank you for the Obama Minute. Our Brother President is a historic figure who seems like he's about to waste this precious moment. So much he can do by Executive Order, for real. That Office is a very, very powerful Office. I can only conclude that there must be another agenda at work.
Only time will tell.

Also, here to second that sister caller's comments. You've got to pick up on that de Tocqueville book. A very interesting read.

Thank you and the best be on  your side.
Letter from Lincoln Congressional Temple

Letter from Lincoln Congressional Temple

My Brother In The Struggle For Justice,

On behalf of the members of Lincoln Temple, I thank you for blessing us with your presence in worship this past Sunday, May 3, 2009.  When I extended the invitation to you, I appreciated your commitment to affirming the humanity of the community of citizens returning from the grip of the criminal justice system.  Initially, my only concern was how to fit your gifts into our liturgical format.  But after consulting with you and our technical staff, we were able to coordinate an experience that produced fruit for our church and the Washington metopolitan area.

The film presentation of your life story touched the heasrts of our parishioners.  Accordingly, it motivated them to focus on our Healing Communities Ministry.  We look forward to continued partnering with you in this crucial endeavor.


Rev. Dr. Nathan A. Harris, Senior Pastor

Lincoln Congressional Temple United Church of Christ
Thank you from UDC
Thank you Letter

Thank you Letter

March 6, 2013
Mr. Brown,
Thank you for presenting to my History of Crime and Punishment class at the University of the District of Columbia on Thursday, February 28, 2013. You were engaging and informative. The documentary that you brought provided the students an opportunity to see how your life story provides others with the ability to see how positive change can be redemptive.
I look forward to your presenting to my classes in future semesters.  Thank you again.
Sandra Jowers-Barber, Ph.D.
Coordinator History Program
Letter from Rahim Muhammad

Letter from Rahim Muhammad

Hello Bro. Roach,
It was a pleasure meeting you last week at Ben's.  The children had a 
wonderful time being around people that truly care about them. Thanks for helping to create that environment. 
We would welcome the opportunity to appear on your program to discuss this year’s event honoring Chuck D coming up in a few weeks. We are one of the few remaining Black owned business located on historic U St. NW.  We have been at our current 1351 U Street location now for nearly 20 years.  We are also a native Washingtonian.
Below are some of our promotional items for this year’s Paul Robeson "Here I Stand" award gala at the Lincoln Theater,  The date is Saturday September 7 beginning at 6:30 pm and doors open at 5:30 pm. Our past honorees have been starting with: Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Dr. John Hope Franklin, Judith Jamison, Rita Moreno, Spike Lee last year Common and this year Chuck D. This is our annual fundraiser to support our free after school and full day summer camps for DC children between 5 and 12 years of age.  We serve all ages. This year’s camp had over 50 children enrolled. 

Rahim Muhammad
Founder & President 
Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
1351 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Washington Post Article:  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Washington Post Article: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

The Washington Post

March 18, 2016

Memorial service to be held for celebrated, controversial Frances Cress Welsing.
Psychiatrist and author Frances Cress Welsing was known for her controversial views on race. (Elvert Barnes/elvertbarnes.com)
By Hamil R. Harris March 17 at 10:32 PM  
When family members, friends, and colleagues of Frances Cress Welsing began planning a memorial service for the psychiatrist and author who devoted her life to studying racism and its root causes, they knew they would have a tall order trying to capture her impact.

She was both celebrated and controversial, but never wavering in her belief that the persistent struggles of people of color were the results of the racism they had endured. Welsing died Jan. 2, a few hours after suffering a stroke. She was 80.
Welsing provided psychiatric services to D.C. government agencies and institutions for 27 years. She also maintained a private practice in the District beginning in 1967, counseling patients until days before her death.
Several of those she helped, such as motivational speaker and radio host Roach Brown, say they owe her their lives.
In 1965, Brown was a 21-year-old inmate at the D.C. Department of Correction’s prison in Lorton, Va. A year earlier, he and two other men had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a “local fence in a dispute over the price of hot jewelry,” Brown said.

[The price of redemption]

No weapon was ever recovered, and Brown, now 72, has always maintained that he was not the triggerman.
Welsing testified during his trial that his actions were consistent with someone whose environment had led to mental-health problems.
“They ended up giving me life in prison because Dr. Welsing spoke up on my behalf,” said Brown, who went on to start the prison theatrical group Inner Voices. “She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”
Brown, who had his sentenced commuted in 1975, will be among those in attendance at the memorial service for Welsing on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Metropolitan AME Church in the District. “Dr. Welsing turned me and other guys around,” Brown said. “She was our Harriet Tubman to get out of mental slavery.”

Welsing first gained notoriety in 1969 after she wrote an essay, “The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy).” In it she theorized that racism was rooted in the varying degrees of melanin and the “color inferiority” of white people. She argued that the lack of melanin led white people to develop “hostility and aggression” toward people darker than themselves.
 “She had a theory about race and why white people do what they do and I dealt with the what,” said Neely Fuller, author of “The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept: a textbook/workbook for thought speech and/or action for victims of racism (white supremacy).”

In her 1991 book, “The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors,” Welsing again looked at the origins of white supremacy and its impact. She wrote that “black males must help one another to understand that they are being led by the dynamic of white supremacy to inflict extreme damage upon themselves and each other.”

[Welsing’s work provokes different reactions]

“Dr. Welsing’s major contribution as it relates to black mental health was that she had the capacity to challenge the dominant prevailing thought of our society and she gave it the name global white supremacy,” said Kevin Washington, president of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and former director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, said Welsing drew heavy criticism for her views, which she expected. She frequently engaged her detractors.

In 1974, she and Stanford University physicist William Shockley, who had argued that blacks were genetically inferior to whites, engaged in debate on the syndicated television show “Tony Brown’s Journal.”
Welsing was born in Chicago in 1935.Her father, Henry N. Cress was a physician, and her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a school teacher, and there were high expectations.
“We were taught that we were special,” said Welsing’s older sister, Lorne Cress-Love. “We were encouraged to read and discuss all types of issues.”

Cress-Love said their father and their grandfather, who also was a physician, were passionate about fighting for equality. “My father told us that our grandfather spent more time fighting for the race than practicing medicine.”
In 1957, Welsing earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and in 1962 she earned a medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. After graduation, Welsing completed a residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. From 1968 to 1975, she taught in the pediatric department of Howard University’s Medical School.
Roach Brown
Motivational Speaker/Criminal Justice Consultant
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