God day fam! This is what life after incarceration can look like for a person with a felony conviction. Rodney and I were both products of Richmond Public Schools from middle (East End) to high school (Armstrong-Kennedy). Rodney still remains a loving and caring person. Please support his efforts in getting a Presidential Pardon as he will pave the way for others to do so. Thanks in advance for your support of my friend and high school classmate. Clovia Lawrence of Radio One Richmond & Rolling For Freedom-R4F #OtherPeopleMinded
Join the movement Miss Community Clovia and Rolling For Freedom want to roll Rodney White’s Presidential Pardon request to President Barack Obama.
Miss Community Clovia and Rodney White talk about the Presidential Pardon request and how former offenders are convicted over and over again after they have paid their debt to society. Play audio here…[theplatform account=”BCY3OC” media=”pn7aUxRi_Yj7″ player=”Wm1KnTqNgtRA”]
Learn all about my good friend, and classmate Rodney White in his open letter as he request a Presidential Pardon:
Please Support My Request for a Presidential Pardon
An Open Request to All of My Friends and Family
I am respectfully requesting your support in my application for a Presidential Pardon which is being prepared on my behalf by the Wake Forest University School of Law, Veteran’s Legal Clinic. The granting of a pardon would be useful in my academic and professional career in expressing that there is power in education and a willingness to educate and help others that struggle to overcome the obstacle of a felony conviction. I do expect to get some shares, likes, and comments in support of my request and that would make me feel great. However, I would prefer a heartfelt letter to President Obama expressing something positive and productive that you recognized as an achievement in my life since my leaving prison that would make me deserving of receiving a Presidential Pardon. Thank you for all the love and support that you give and though this Presidential Pardon would have my name on it, it will represent the hope of many people who strive to make their life better and the community that we live in despite being branded as a convicted felon.
In February of 2007 I left prison after serving 15 years of an 18-year sentence as a first time non-violent drug offender. Most people would think that after being incarcerated for that length of time, I would leave prison bitter at a system that many believe is designed for systemic and institutionalized failure. Instead, I returned to society with a mission to become better. Education became my tool of choice in rebuilding my life. Thus, my life’s work and passion for the past 9 years has been to become educated and use my education to help others.
My first jobs humbled my spirit and helped me to realize that I had to take 100% responsibility for my life. I started working as a janitor, installing satellite TV and selling cars before building up the courage to apply to the University of Richmond. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Richmond, I pursed a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina A&T State University.
After completing over 300 hours as an intern in the Student Success Center and working daily with students at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) while facilitating new student orientation and academic advising, I was hired as a Student Success Professional/Academic Advisor. I was quickly promoted to become Assistant Director of Student Life and Coordinator of the Minority Male Mentoring Program. Currently, I am an Adult Career Coach (click link) and this small video will give you a brief look at some of the work that I am part of in contributing to the greatness of the Virginia Community College System as a staff member at Danville Community College.
In addition to my professional achievements I am a state wide volunteer for the Virginia Department of Corrections, Dismas Charities, Virginia C.A.R.E.S., Degrees Matter and I have spoken and given workshops in federal and state prisons, colleges, universities, federal courts, and public schools around the country utilizing my R.E.A.D. to Succeed Reentry Program. My life’s purpose is to use my education, life challenges, and enthusiasm to facilitate and motivate others to reach their goals in positive and loving way.
Thank you, for your consideration in supporting my efforts to obtain a Presidential Pardon. Please send your support letter via US Mail or PDF documents to:
Wake Forest University
School of Law-Veterans Legal Clinic
ATTN: Morgan Sands
P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109