Dennis Mitchell Jr, Spokane, Washington September 10th, 1982

by Dennis Mitchell
(Spokane, WA)

As told in the New York Times best selling book series "Chicken Soup for the African American Soul." On September 10th, 1982 while serving a 40 year prison term, I received notification that my 5 year old son had been killed by an impaired driver.

This was my defining moment and at that point I decided that I was not willing to live my life of drugs, crime and violence anymore.

The pain of losing Little Dennis Jr., was so intense I was determined to find a way to change and change I did. Napoleon Hill in his classic book "Think and Grow Rich" For every adversity comes the seed of a greater equivalent!"

Until that point my life as a teen and pre-teen had been nothing but trouble, in and out of juvenile and eventually in and out of jail until 1979 when I was sentenced to prison. While in prison nothing changed until that devastating night.

The greater equivalent is not only did I go on to product and host my own TV Talk Show series "Choices," I am not a best selling author and am so lucky to travel internationally speaking to youth about making constructive choices and teen safe driving.

My 5 year old son's life and legacy lives on through my work.

Dennis Mitchell

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