Article By Rebecca Johnson // EEW Magazine Reporter

Over the past decade, T.O.R.I.—Texas Offender Reentry Initiative—a program founded by mega pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes, has helped 10,000 ex-convicts get reintegrated into society.

On Sunday, at the Potter’s House in Dallas, 120 men and women received diplomas and were treated to a keynote speech by award-winning actor Hill Harper.

The 49-year-old best-selling author of Letters to an Incarcerated Brother energetically admonished graduates to kick fear to the curb and give themselves permission to succeed in life.

“I will not allow fear to stop me from making the choices that I know I can make instead, I will act with my heart, with courage, with energy, with a plan!” the audience repeated with a shout at Harper’s command.

He continued, “Put God first. I will win in my life and in so doing, give others permission to win as well!”

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