Former federal prisoner Marcus Hull will be in Pensacola this week to speak on second chances and the prison-industrial complex. Hull, 41, served 15 years in federal prison after being convicted in 2000 on drug charges. Hull is the brother of Pensacola poet and activist Quincy “Q” Hull.

A talented writer and performer in his own right, Marcus won first place in a statewide poetry contest and performed in Chicago as the MC of a hip-hop group prior to his arrest. His work has long influenced and inspired Q as an artist.

Hull’s talk will take place this Friday evening at Open Books Bookstore at 6:00 pm. The talk will be preceded by a meet-and-greet beginning at 5:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be provided. The event is free, though cash donations are accepted and encouraged.

Open Books is a non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore. Proceeds from the sale of books and donations support the Prison Book Project, operating since 2000. The Prison Book Project currently sends around 6,000 books each year to indigent inmates in Florida prisons, the largest prison system in the country and one sorely lacking in-house book collections. The Prison Book Project currently provides books to approximately 1,800 inmates each year.

WHAT:“Second Chances for First-Time Offenders”
WHEN:Friday, October 9
6:00 PM (Meet and greet at 5:00 PM)
WHERE:Open Books Bookstore
1040 North Guillemard Street
Pensacola, FL 32501



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