This is My America Transcript

Transcript for: This is My America I’m Kim Johnson, the author of, This is My America. It’s a story about a 17 year old girl who writes weekly letters to Innocence X hoping that they’ll take her father’s case – an innocent black man on death row. Then, the unthinkable happens: her brother is wrongfully accused of killing a local girl in their community. This story is not only timely, but it’s a critical look at our criminal justice system. That’s why I’m so excited that this book is a part of the product of Humanities of Tennessee for highschool students grades 9-12. This is your chance now to ask for you to write a piece looking ahead 5 or 10 years at what you think America will look like. And I hope that what you think of what America looks like is something that you are a part of making change. You can write in poetry, essays, fiction, or, my favorite, song, which is how I learned how to write. The maximum word count is 300 words, and I look forward to the kind of America you get to be a part of building, dreaming, and hoping for.