Open Book/ Open Mind: The Master Plan – Chris Wilson and Charles Rosen

Wednesday, February 6th, 7 PM, Main Auditorium

Montclair’s own Charles Rosen, founder of New Ark Farms, will be in conversation with Chris Wilson, author of THE MASTER PLAN: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose.

Offering a fresh perspective on our criminal justice system, on crucial issues of mass incarceration, and
the importance of second chances for returning citizens, Chris will detail how he created a plan to change his life for the better.

Chris is now a speaker (regularly presenting to churches, conferences and community centers several times a month), advocate, and social entrepreneur dedicated to employing citizens returning from prison. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. Barclay works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of services.

Charles Rosen and Chris will discuss his journey and their shared experiences of providing employment to previously incarcerated people. Charles started New Ark Farms with the goal of re-establishing the maker economy in Newark and offering employment opportunities to an underserved community. For more information, please visit New Ark

Watchung Booksellers will have copies of The Master Plan for purchase and signing at the end of the event.   This event is free to the public, thanks to grants from our Series sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation.  Please register to guarantee a seat at the event here.




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