Stephen Bruce | Staff Writer

Century welcomes author and prison reform activist, Reginald Dwayne Betts
Century welcomes author and prison reform activist, Reginald Dwayne Betts

Century students, we are excited to announce that Mr. Reginald Dwayne Betts will be speaking live on campus April 5.  At 1 p.m., Betts will read to students in the Lincoln Mall. At 7 p.m., he will again be in Lincoln Mall, and the event is open to the community.

Mr. Betts is an accomplished African American poet and teacher. As a teen, Betts got into some trouble with a friend, which landed him in prison for eight years at the young age of sixteen.

It was prison where Betts was able to obtain his high school diploma and began passionately reading and writing. He is currently attending Yale. His honors include “Bread Loaf” writer’s conference, and he is a graduate from the University of Maryland on a full scholarship.

In 2012, President Obama announced that Betts had been named member of the coordinating council on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.

His newest publication, a book of poetry titled, “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” is a Stahlecker Selection for 2015. According to the Washington Post, “As in his memoir, Betts focuses on the visceral effect that prison has on identity.”

Betts will be speaking on a few national issues we all face today. He also will be reading from his newest award winning book, “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” and answering questions from the audience.

Fall in love with Mr. Betts’ fascination of word play in his newest book, Century students. Be there for this exciting event.