Marlon Peterson

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Bird Uncaged is a 21st century abolitionist memoir, and a powerful debut that demands a shift from punishment to healing, an end to mass incarceration, and a new vision of justice.

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Marlon Peterson (that's me!) is a Black writer, activist, formerly incarcerated, and deep doer of peoplework.   I have co-created safety and opportunities for young people throughout New York City through youth programming and gun violence prevention initiatives.  A first generation un-American born in Brooklyn, NY, I maintain deep roots to Trinidad & Tobago, WI, the home of my parents.

 

My TED Talk: "Am I not human? a call for criminal justice reform?", has amassed over 1.2 million views.Some of my writings have been published in various media outlets including The Nation, USA Today, Ebony, Essence, Gawker, The Good Men Project, and others. He has contributed essays to Kiese Laymon's book: How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin's: How to Fight White Supremacy, and Colin Kaepernick's Medium Series: Abolition For the People.

Marlon is also host of the DEcarcerated Podcast, aiming to highlight the journeys of success of formerly incarcerated people.  Marlon is a senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity, and Civil Society Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Catch him listening to soca music and playing steelpan during Brooklyn summers

Watch Marlon's TED Talk, "Am i not human?

Listen to episodes of the DEcarcerated Podcast

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image: Live Recording of the DEcarcerated Podcast

Fireside Chats with

Alicia Garza & Melissa Harris Perry

"The words "instant classic" get thrown around a lot. There's nothing "instant" about this book's shape or execution. But this is a classic. 

 

Kiese Laymon,author of Heavy, named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times

Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song, with Bold Type Books, will be released on April 13, 2021

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