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From a promising young athlete to a convicted felon imprisoned for crimes uncommitted, Brian Banks’ story is one of exasperating hardship, inspiring resiliency and redemption.
A high school football star with his sights set on the NFL, Banks was on his way to accept a full-ride scholarship offer from USC until his dreams were thwarted when he was falsely accused and subsequently convicted of kidnapping and raping a classmate. As a result, Banks served more than five years in prison and another five monitored as a registered sex offender. In 2011, his accuser was recorded admitting to fabricating the charges and with the help of the California Innocence Project, Banks successfully cleared his name, regained his reputation and earned tryouts with several NFL football teams.
Now a prominent activist against wrongful convictions, Banks recently teamed up with award-winning journalist and documentarian, Soledad O’Brien in a powerful program in which they share his story to initiate a much-needed conversation about mass incarceration, race and justice in America, to schools, organizations and events across the country. Banks is also a regularly featured presenter at the Midwest Innocence Project’s annual Faces Of Innocence fundraising event.
Motivated by his powerful motto, "Success Is My Revenge," Banks offers deeply personal perspective on redemption, overcoming unimaginable challenges, maintaining a positive outlook and reclaiming one’s path in life.
Nia Sade' Walker is a Millennial Mogul in the Making, at only 22 years young. She is a Master Editor, Revolutionary Activist & Scholar, Youth Educator, Keynote Speaker, Skilled Vocalist and Best-Selling Author of Young Black Fearless: The 7 Step Guide to Activism.
Among the rising leaders of the millennial generation, Nia has begun to make a mark throughout Metro Atlanta. In addition to being the CEO & Founder of YBF Publishing, LLC, Nia is also the Founder & Executive Director of Literacy On Purpose, Inc. Her nonprofit organization aims to educate students in critical areas that lack attention in the public school system setting, such as: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Service, Cultural History and Diversity. Nia is the Chairwoman of the Young Adult Council for the NAACP Clayton County Branch, Founding Member of both the Young Organizers of Georgia and the Revolutionary Moms Club, and one of the leading organizers of the Clayton and Dekalb County Coalitions for Justice and Police Accountability.
Nia has recently been named, "The Voice" of the Rising Generation! She is known to "Talk the Talk & Walk the Walk". Throughout the year, Nia travels to schools, churches, community events, and universities teaching, speaking, and conducting workshops geared to the uplifting and advancement of black youth and young adults. She speaks and teaches on several topics, including her signature presentation: The Blueprint to Activsm. Nia also coaches writers and wanna-be authors to reach their fullest potential through literary arts through her Teach.Write.Publish.YOUTH! Project, and her YBF Book Writing Bootcamp!
For more information on how to reach Nia Sade’ Walker:
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