Author Archives: Marcus Henderson

White House award to Jody Lewen

By Marcus Henderson As students with makeshift backpacks and see-through plastic folders hustle in and out of an education building, teachers greet their students by name. It is a college campus at San Quentin, where the Prison University Project works to transform inmates from convicts to college students. President Barack Obama recently handed PUP Executive […]

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SQ All-Stars sweep season finals

By Marcus Henderson With a ninth inning comeback and a hard-fought second game, the San Quentin All-Stars baseball team swept the Bay Area Barons and the Alameda Baseball Club. It was the final two games of the season. In the first game, the All-Stars erased an eight run deficit to beat the visiting Barons 10-9. […]

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Hardtimers’ season ends with win for peace

By Marcus Henderson In a season finale, the San Quentin Hardtimers put on a batting clinic against first-time visitors the Richmond Soulful Sundays’ softball team, blowing them away 21-6. “This was a great way to end the season, to play a group of guys that do so much work in the community,” said Don White, […]

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Chosen Sports Ministry out-pass SQ All-Madden football

In an offensive shoot-out, the San Quentin All-Madden flag football team fell to the visiting Chosen Christian Sports Ministry, 46-39. The All-Madden mounted a fierce comeback, pulling to within one point of the Chosen at 40-39. With 2:30 left in the game, the Chosen did not settle for running out the clock. Quarterback Adam Perez […]

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Dodgertown and SQ All-Stars Split Doubleheader

By Marcus Henderson It was déjà vu for visiting Los Angeles Dodgertown pitcher Auggie Alfonso, who split a double-header with the San Quentin All-Stars baseball team for the second year in a row. Dodgertown won the morning game, 13-10, and was on the verge of winning the evening game. They were in the final inning […]

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SQ All-Stars Baseball Team Honors Lieutenant S. Robinson

By Marcus Henderson In a fierce battle, the San Quentin All-Stars baseball team edged out the visiting Bay Area Cubs 8-7 in an exhibition game honoring Correctional Lt. Sam Robinson. This special day was a way for the team to show their appreciation and recognize Lt. Robinson’s commitment to providing a rehabilitative sports program.  “Lt. […]

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Project Avary Provides Children With Summer Camp Retreats

By Marcus Henderson A Bay Area nonprofit organization geared to help children of incarcerated parents recently held its 16th annual summer camp with the theme “Healing through Expression.” Project Avary provides youngsters a safe place in nature for self-discovery, reflection and using the outdoors as a cure, according to its executive director, Zachary Whelan. “We […]

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Christian Comedy Night Brings Laughter and Healing

By Marcus Henderson The Protestant Chapel held its “First Christian Comedy Night,” which was filled with healing and laughter. The comedy fest featured seven diverse incarcerated men with different ethnicities and backgrounds. The common thread was how they process prison life through laughter. Deavon Torrance hosted and coordinated the event. He opened up the crowd […]

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The Spirit of Freedom II Concert Rocks SQ Lower Yard

By Marcus Henderson The Spirit of Freedom II rock concert on The Lower Yard aimed to provide healing through music and it hit the target. The group Continuum rocked out with original music like “Make You Move,” a gritty song about making a woman dance to the music. Lyrics like, “I want to be there; […]

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Universal Rastafarian Community Celebrates Coronation

Members of San Quentin’s Universal Rastafari Community focused on overcoming prejudice and building a greater human community at its 2016 coronation celebration of founder Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I. The celebration was the recognition of Selassie being crowned emperor of Ethiopia on Nov. 2, 1930. That day gave birth to the Rastafarian way of life. […]

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