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Zella Brown

As a professional actress and activist, I volunteered for fifteen years as a facilitator in a group called Growing Together, located at Bay State Correctional, in Norfolk, MA. At monthly meetings, inmates shared their life-altering experiences through their writings. As a co-founder of One-By One, a dialogue organization between victims and perpetrators of war and genocide, I clearly understood that sharing is a profound tool for healing and transformation. It was my honor to work at the prison with amazing, talented men, who chose to change their lives for the better.