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Ivan Kilgore


Ivan Kilgore, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, spends 23 hours a day locked in a Northern California prison cell. He has been incarcerated for 23 years, during which time he founded the United Black Family Scholarship Foundation, a volunteer and student-staffed 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in Oklahoma, California, and New York. Working with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, student volunteers from Stony Brook University, the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley’s Underground Scholars Initiative, UC Irvine Social Ecology Field Study Program, Langston University’s National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and a number of other volunteers and consultants, Kilgore has developed and facilitates a number programs, including internship programs, workshops, legal aid, and community reinvestment and scholarship programs. He has self-published four books of his own: Domestic Genocide: The Institutionalization of Society (2013), Mayhem, Murder & Magnificence: A Memoir (2020), King: The Early Years (2019), and My Comrades’ Thoughts on Black Lives Matter (2020).

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