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Doctor cries seeing diploma after turning life around

Dr. Tommie Mabry was told he'd end up in jail or dead while growing up in Jackson, Mississippi. Instead, he turned his life around and is now a motivational speaker.

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HE WENT FROM BEING EXPELLED FROM 10 SCHOOLS TO GRADUATING WITH HIS PH.D   

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Dr. Tommie Mabry was born and raised in a tough, impoverished neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi. He was destined to follow the crowd to a life of crime, drugs and violence. Mabry was able to turn his life around and became an author and motivational speaker. He now mentors at-risk kids to keep them on the path to success.

ONCE A JUVENILE OFFENDER, SPEAKER INSPIRES BURLINGTON CITY STUDENTS

Burlington City students kicked off the school year with an appearance by a guest speaker who had an important message about staying in school.

EX-JUVENILE OFFENDER FINDS KEYS TO STEP YOUTH CRIME: GIVE KIDS HOPE

In my neighborhood, if you made it past 18 you were blessed,” says educator, author and motivational speaker Tommie Mabry, 31, standing beneath an overpass in the midtown Jackson, Miss., community where he became street smart and a juvenile offender at the age of 12.

 

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