Herman Baron was born in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from high school, he attended Borough Manhattan Community College where he studied corporate cable communications before joining the United States Marine Corps Reserve. After leaving the USMCR Herman’s life took a completely different direction, which ultimately ended with him serving over fourteen years in prison.
While incarcerated, Herman worked rigorously to personally rehabilitate himself and make sure that he would
never travel down this road of self-destruction again. He distinguished himself during his incarceration because of his selflessness and his willingness to help those around him change their thinking and therefore change the trajectory of their lives. As the artist Michelangelo said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”
While on the inside, Herman taught a plethora of classes geared at giving the inmates the life skills needed to succeed outside the prison walls, as well as offering peer to peer mentoring in prison and after release. Herman became a painter, poet, published author, a recipient of an image award from The York College (CUNY)
Male Initiative Program, a motivational speaker and became the president of Inside Out, a Toastmasters International Club. He received his Toastmasters Competent Communicator, Competent Leader and Advanced Communicator Bronze Certificates.
Herman’s first book of poetry, Conversations with My Soul, has been approved for sale in the New York City Public School System, and is also being used in The York College Male Initiative Program. All of the work that Herman Baron did to rehabilitate himself and for the countless lives that he positively affected and changed during the entirety of his incarceration was recognized on January 19, 2017 when he was granted a commutation of sentence by President Barack Obama.
Since his release, Herman has performed poetry at the African American Museum in Hempstead, New York, spoken with troubled teens at the Tiger Academy Charter School in Hempstead, New York, and has become a member of Nassau County New York Alliance of Black School Educators, where he has talked about how he can bring his story and message to the youth of New York and elsewhere. Currently the poet is compiling a workbook for this audience based on conversations, addressing their special needs.
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