NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown-Long, who was released from prison in August, shared a message of transformation, appreciation and motivation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Brown-Long engaged in a wide-ranging discussion Monday with Judge Richard Dinkins at the state museum in Nashville, The Tennessean reported.
Championed by celebrities as a symbol of unfair sentencing, Brown-Long was released last year from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex at 16.
Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and LeBron James had lobbied for her release, calling her a sex trafficking victim. She was granted clemency last January by outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam, who cited her rehabilitation behind bars and youth at the time of the crime.
Dinkins frequently tied Brown-Long’s experience with the work and message of King.