John Legend and a Reformed Inmate Use Music and Spoken Word to Show the Power of Reform and Forgiveness
There is more to us than our mistakes. But for those who have committed crimes, these missteps are much harder to eclipse. What would happen if we put a true emphasis on rehabilitation, and healing in prisons, rather than punishment? Grammy Award-winning musician John Legend and his effort #FreeAmerica are determined to make exactly that happen. In this TED Talk, John is joined by James Cavitt, a reformed inmate, who delivers a powerful spoken word piece encouraging those on the outside to do what we can to help those who have made mistakes, rather than ridicule them. “Imagine a world where healed people helped hurt people heal and become strong. Maybe then we would all be singin' 'Redemption Song.'"