Poster Child by Kemba Smith

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As part of the media strategy for my clemency campaign, several televised and print media were responding to my story, including Nightline, BET, MTV, and The View. My story ultimately showed up in at least thirty publications and national radio programs, and my parents or I were featured speakers in programs on at least forty college campuses. I did several television interviews while I was in prison, and my parents traveled around the country to educate people about the real effects of the War on Drugs. We were quickly emerging as vocal mouthpieces against mandatory minimums. I really was the “poster child,” although it seemed to result in more press than victory in the courts.