One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center is pleased to present Hidden Reality, Relentless Hope: An Evening with Chris Wilson, author of “The Master Plan”, an inspiring, instructive and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a prison life sentence into a second chance. Individuals are invited to attend and listen to Wilson as he recounts his childhood and presents reflections, remarks and a book signing on Thursday, October 5 from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. at Red Mountain Theatre. All proceeds from this event benefit One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center.
Wilson grew up afraid for his life in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, where violence was front and center in his home. At an early age, he witnessed his own mother be beaten and abused by her cop boyfriend. In this environment, Wilson grew to not trust the justice system and felt the need to carry a weapon to protect himself each time he left home. At the age of 17, Wilson killed a man in self-defense and was sentenced to natural life in prison with no hope of parole. What should have been the end of his story became the beginning as Wilson sought to make something of his life through a journey of self-improvement. Wilson wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked tirelessly on his plan for years, eventually finding himself in front of a judge in his mid-30s where he was able to reduce his sentence and become a free man.