Danny has been certified by Toastmasters International as a competent public speaker (1991, East Moline). He received his GED from the Chicago City Colleges (1981) and obtained a certificate in graphic arts from Southeastern Illinois College (1987). He is a former member of the Pan-African Revolutionary Socialist Party. He spent twenty years in prison and ten in Elgin Mental Health Center. While in the hospital, he wrote over eight hundred poems, three books of daily meditations, and numerous speeches and Afro-centric anecdotes. He also acted as a mentor for younger consumers while there, leading his own peer-support groups and chairing GROW for four years (2003-07). He has been clean of all illegal drugs and alcohol for fourteen years.
If you ask yourself why you should listen to somebody like him who has so many mistakes in his background, he would tell you that in order to talk about something, you have to have been through something. It is undeniable that he has been through a lot. His desire is to give back to those he took so much from in the past by sharing his experience and joining the fight to make our community a better place where lives can be celebrated and not lost.
His mission is to be the most infectiously optimistic and exceptionally giving person possible and to inspire others to be equally optimistic and giving. Danny is not one who believes you can't make it because you have some strikes against you; he is one to tell you that, "Anything you can conceive and believe you can achieve" (Napoleon Hill).
I am happy to share my testimony with anyone at no charge, just call and invite me to your function. If you would like to schedule a workshop covering sections of this book, at a small service fee of $50 plus the cost of any books purchased by workshop participants at your school, club, business, organization, church or special cultural event, you can contact me at Dannyrelc7963@gmail.com. You can also like me on Facebook and post comments on my page.