I grew up in Hallsboro,N.C. I was an outstanding athlete throughout grammar school; I was even offered a baseball scholarship to the University of North Carolina Wilmington. But I did what many people do- made a hell of a lot of bad choices.
Instead of focusing on academia, I sold drugs. My dad and Uncles sold drugs from the time I was a small boy, but I don’t blame them or what they did for me hustling; I know that it was my own decision to make the wrong decisions. The millions I made wasn’t worth the 10 years I spent in the federal penitentiary. It wasn’t worth seeing my children as babies when I went in, and seeing them as teenagers when I got out. It wasn’t worth not having a single visitor the last five years of my sentence, nor was it worth seeing my dad being sentenced to life in prison plus twenty additional years…
Since my return to society, I’ve taken a look at the immense number of young people in our prison systems, dropping out of school, selling drugs, and everything else there possibly is to do on the wrong path. I’ve also seen youth who’ve been through severe adversity, and are fighting everyday to do the right things and increasing their chances for success.
Through my novel, ‘The Class President’s Son', I’m giving you a beautifully written testimony in an effort to impact lives.
The brilliantly illustrated story of how a son's love for his father and family, inadvertently resulted in him making millions in the drug trade in rural North Carolina.
'Big Mike' was the class president of Hallsboro High School's graduating class of 1973, but in a desperate response to southern poverty, chose to sell cocaine as a means of survival. As Fate would have it,that decision would take him from class president to million-dollar hustler, to heroin addict; almost losing it all.
The way-of-life he so dearly tried to keep away from his oldest son, would be the way-of-life Petey chose that kept his family from the jaws of poverty, lead to him loving his dad off addiction, and ultimately lead himself and his family members to the federal penitentiary.
Everyone makes wrong choices at some point in their lives, but out of over 7 billion people on the planet, not one would choose poverty, especially not for their family. After paying his debt to society, and making amends with God, this is the compelling story of a drug dealer's redemption-the real story.
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The Class President's Son
‘Petey’ Powell’s memoir is the brilliantly illustrated story of how a son's love for his father and family, inadvertently resulted in him making millions in the drug trade in rural North Carolina.
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