Cyntoia Brown shares story of resilience, transformation in Greenburgh

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Cyntoia Brown spoke with students at Woodlands Middle High School in Greenburgh Friday.

At 31 years old, Brown had already spent half her life in prison. She was convicted of murdering and robbing Johnny Michael Allen, who had bought her for sex. Brown was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 51 years. The governor of Tennessee granted her clemency in 2017, reducing her sentence to 15 years.  Since August, Brown has been free and sharing her story through documentaries and books - and talks with students.

"Here we get to integrate literacy as well as listen to a story of resilience, of reformation and transformation," said Greenburgh Central School Superintendent Tahira Dupree Chase.

Brown was able to plant seeds of inspiration for the seventh and 12th grade girls attending the event in Greenburgh.

"I have like no words," said student Kenedi Catoe. "I didn't walk in here with any expectations. but it's like a feeling that it exceeded my expectations, and I think that this is a story to show that it happens all the time and don't be afraid to step up and talk."

Brown will also tell her story Saturday at the New York Covenant Church in New Rochelle. Brown hopes to be the guidance for girls who may walk down a similar path.

"I didn't have someone who had gone through these things helping me to understand, and so I think that it's really important," said Brown.


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