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Darryl Hunt

I originally wrote this poem in 2010 after hearing Darryl Hunt speak at NC Governors School East. Darryl was convicted of the rape and murder of a woman in Winston-Salem in the 80’s and was in prison for 19 years. He did not commit the crime and even after there was DNA evidence to support that he did not, he was still unjustly kept in prison. Until another man was identified as the killer, Darryl remained in prison, a victim of racial profiling and the injustice of the court system. After hearing him speak and wondering how a man like that could still work towards peace, I decided to write this poem as a tribute to an incredible person who never gave up in the bleakest of times. I was able to hear Darryl speak again this summer and it seemed appropriate to go back and revise my original poem. I have the upmost respect for this man and think his experience with perseverance is inspiring and worth sharing. 


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Letters between family


So often letters can express our fears, thoughts and dreams in ways that would seem insincere through social media. These letters reflect a conversation that could happen between family members where one is an immigrant and one is still in the home country. They explore the domain of perseverance through sharing a dream and giving advice on how to realize that dream. 


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Inspirational Postcards


I think it is important to not always think of perseverance with heavy topics. For these postcards, I used moments from my own life to create inspirational messages (although sometimes humorous) that will lighten your spirits instead of bring you down with heavy talk. 


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Finding Inspiration



I'm“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” 
― Vince Lombardi

“Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” 
― Charles Jones, Life Is Tremendous

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