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Author Frank A. Bryant shared how he turned his life around and avoided jail and death to become a Morehouse graduate on “NewsOne Now.” His children’s book, “From Menace to Morehouse,” is a kid-friendly tale that describes his misadventures during grade school when he was a boy.

Bryant said he bounced around between six elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and went to nine colleges before he finally started to get his life together. Bryant told Roland Martin the catalyst for him turning his life around was the murder of two of his friends. He said at that point he decided to “make a change because he didn’t want to be next.”

Bryant has an interesting perspective on troubled youth. He explained his mother was a teacher and that his father was a captain at a juvenile detention facility. Bryant said, “I would actually see kids start in my mom’s school and end up in my father’s prison. I had a first class seat of the school to prison pipeline.” This drove him to want to work with at-risk youth to help them avoid some of the pitfalls to which he fell prey.

Listen to his inspiring story below.

Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.

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