This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Tamika Sheppard did not aspire to be a “crackhead prostitute,” as a child, but her addiction to drugs repeatedly led her to a life on the streets and prison. It was in prison, Ms. Sheppard says, that she learned that her life matters. She hopes her story, “Motivations from My Life,’’ encourages others to not follow her path.
Inmate at Muncy State Prison
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Tamika Sheppard didn't grow up to become a crack addicted inmate at Muncy State. In her talk at...