Diversity News

Strong Voices/Strong Subjects: Calvin Duncan

On Friday, June 2nd, 2017 Project 180 and The Boxser Diversity Initiative presents our keynote speaker, Calvin Duncan. He has a profoundly moving story to tell. Incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit, Calvin Duncan lived, worked and gave back while imprisoned at one of the nation’s most notorious prisons, Louisiana State Prison at Angola. 

In 1985, Calvin Duncan was wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to life without parole, probation or suspension of sentence. In our 2017 Strong Voices series on the impact of imprisonment, Calvin’s story of finding his passion in life, the law, and giving back to his fellow inmates as a jailhouse lawyer is an unusual twist on the stories we often hear about prison and its effects.

Join us to hear this inspiring speaker on June 2nd. Secure your seat early; both April and May sold out!

Tickets are $30 each and include lunch. They can be obtained by clicking here or by mailing your check to

Project 180
PO Box 25684
Sarasota, FL 34277-2684

For more information contact Tracy Pratt, tracy@tracyprattlaw.com or Barbara Richards at ceo@project180reentry.org or 941-677-2281.

Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at The Francis in Sarasota. Please email ceo@project180reentry.org with the names of your guests and if you prefer a vegan lunch.

The Boxser Diversity Initiative (www.boxserdiversityinitiative.org), a 501(c)(3) Sarasota-based nonprofit, promotes diversity programs throughout Southwest Florida including partnering with like-minded organizations in the presentation of speakers and programs promoting diversity and inclusion.

Project 180 (www.project180reentry.org), a Sarasota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a prisoner reentry program. Project 180 seeks to reintegrate former offenders into community life by providing practical educational programs in Gulf Coast prisons and jails and, for the public, Strong Voices, an annual lecture series on prisoner reentry.

With sincere thanks to our generous sponsors and our table sponsors:

  • The Koski Family Foundation, Platinum Sponsor
  • IBERIABANK
  • UBS/The Palm Avenue Wealth Advisory Group
  • Heintz & Becker Law Firm
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • Cadence Bank
  • Purpose House
  • CareerSource Suncoast
  • PeopleReady
  • Hendrick Honda
  • Monica Watermann, Realtor
  • Ron Worobey
  • Dr. Barry and Kim Hothersall
  • Jack and Surry McFaul
  • Roberts Hardwood Floors
  • Centerstone of Florida
  • SunTrust Private Wealth
  • Law Office of Tracy Pratt
  • Nancy’s Bar-B-Q
  • Goodwill Manasota
  • Alex Gater
  • Suncoast Blues Festival
  • Herald Tribune Media Group
  • West Coast Woman
  • METV
  • Spotlight Graphics
  • Artefact Design