No one blames a badly planted tree for cracking the slabs of sidewalks. Tonya blurs the line between habilitation and rehabilitation, and how it relates to society.
Tonya’s life revolves around words. Love of books, learning, and family has shaped her connection to the world. Tonya believes that human understanding, connection and acceptance create change. Understanding that every life has intrinsic value adds passion to her pursuit of nonviolent academic excellence. Using her varied street, prison and educational experiences, Tonya intends to promote change in her community.
That was the day that I knew I could not be the same Tonya I walked into this prison as