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Grace Behind Bars: A Narration by James Nelson

Join the School of Divinity during Coffee Hour to hear James Nelson share his story of his time behind bars and the grace he experienced. James Nelson, after being falsely convicted and serving 29 years in prison, now works as a full-time organizer for Dignity and Power; a non-profit grassroots organization based in Los Angeles that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families and communities.

About James Nelson
Nelson was confined within the prison industrial complex at the age of 19. During his 29 years inside Soledad State Prison he actively participated in self-help groups like Life C.Y.C.L.E. and DPN’s Success Stories, where he became close with DPN Board Member Richard Edmond Vargas. Upon James’ release he immediately became involved in Dignity and Power Now, and quickly found himself working full-time as an organizer where he shares his story daily with other formerly incarcerated people. Having only been home for 2 years, James has lost his mother to pancreatic cancer and his sister to domestic violence. Despite these numerous personal challenges, James provides DPN with lots of laughter and positivity and still feels strongly that it is his duty as a former gang member to help correct problems within Los Angeles’ communities.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Services at the School of Divinity.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Wingate Hall, Lower Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Religious Observance, Student Life, Multicultural / International, Diversity


School of Divinity

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Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students






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Demi McCoy, Program Coordinator

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