I am immeasurably proud of my niece, Angela King. You will be amazed by her story, as I am every day…
By Christine Crosby
Angela doesn’t discuss it here, but she had an extremely rough beginning in life. The good news is that she was one of the lucky ones (see her video below) who found a deep reservoir of inner strength and character. She has shown us all how we CAN change, no matter what hand we are dealt in life. We need not be just the ‘product of our environment’.
First a little back story; While growing up in Miami in a highly dysfunctional family with opioid and alcoholic addicted parents, we kids (seven in all) had a big challenge. Both parents died comparatively young (ages 45 and 48) from diseases related directly to their drug/alcohol addictions. However, the damage to their children was done and in some cases passed on to members of the next generation.
Today, I’m very proud of my niece, Angela, and hope you will take a minute to watch her video as she shares her amazing story. I also hope you will consider supporting her organization – Life After Hate – see more below..
Life After Hate, Inc., a 501(c)(3) U.S. nonprofit, was created in 2011 by former members of the American violent far-right extremist movement. Through powerful stories of transformation and unique insight gleaned from decades of experience, we serve to inspire, educate, guide, and counsel.
Whether working with individuals who wish to leave a life of hate and violence or helping organizations (community, educational, civic, government, etc.) grappling with the causes of intolerance and racism, Life After Hate works to counter the seeds of hate we once planted. Through personal experience and highly unique skill sets, we have developed a sophisticated understanding about what draws individuals to extremist groups and, equally important, why they leave. Compassion is the opposite of judgment and we understand the roles compassion and empathy play in healing individuals and communities.