I was so moved when reading this heartwarming letter President Obama recently wrote to Danielle Metz; a prisoner he had granted clemency to for drug offenses related to her husband’s cocaine-trafficking ring. In 1993 she was sentenced to three life sentences at the age of 26. After Obama commuted her sentence, she enrolled at Southern University in New Orleans as a 50 year old freshman. She recently graduated on the dean’s list, and the man who changed her life is clearly delighted:
Congratulations on your graduation from Southern!
I am so proud of you, and am confident that your example will have a positive impact for others who are looking for a second chance.
Tell your children I say hello, and know that I am rooting for all of you.
Eleanor Roosevelt said it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Imagine how each of us can make the world more livable by lighting our own candle every day.