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Black Men Speak Podcast

May 21, 2022

Nearly two decades ago, Andre Norman was serving a 100-year sentence in prison, but he was
no regular prisoner. A natural-born leader, he rose to be the top gang leader within the
facility, running all the daily gang activity.
After an epiphany in solitary confinement, Norman made the decision to turn his life
around. He had a simple dream to attend Harvard University and become successful.
Over the next 8 years, Andre worked 20-hour days to make this dream a reality. He
taught himself how to read, then to study and understand the law, and then volunteered
to participate in anger management groups. After winning his appeal and being armed
with a GED and a dream, Andre walked out of prison in 1999, after serving 14 years.
Having survived rock bottom, Norman knew he could help others do the same. He
pulled from his life experiences and created The Academy of Hope and set out on his
mission to teach both individuals and corporations how to turn any situation around.