“Through my nightmare I found my dream!” It’s impossible to even begin to imagine what it’d be like to be wrongly accused of murder at only 14 years of age! And then serve the next 17 years in prison for a crime you didn’t commit.
That’s what happened to @therealjohnbunn from Brooklyn, New York. He battled the courts, police investigators and PTSD. The anger and bitterness he felt caused him to become more aggressive in prison than he’d ever been. The fear he had inside him was coming out as violence. He couldn’t read or write but was determined to write a letter to his mother, so slowly he learnt. In one letter to his mother he said, “they can lock my body, but they can’t trap my mind.” This new skill is what changed his whole mindset. “I felt trapped without a voice for so long, but the power of reading could take my imagination, and take me to anywhere in this universe.”
Reading and literature had such a profound effect on John’s life that in May 2018, when he was eventually freed from his wrongful conviction, he set up “A Voice for the Unheard.” It’s a project refurbishing libraries in under-resourced communities and supporting teen boys in prison with their reading skills. “Reading changed my life. I want to share that experience with other people. There’s no greater feeling than me feeling like I’m existing for a purpose, and this is what gives my life purpose right now.”
He moved beyond the limiting idea of what it means to be a man to create a life changing purpose for himself and so many others. This man is an incredible human