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EVERYONE HAS A STORY presents "Return To South Central" | by E. Renard Jackson
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EVERYONE HAS A STORY presents "Return To South Central"



The woman pictured on the right is truly my Guardian Angel. Her name is "Lou" Sowell, and nearly twenty years ago she saved my life. You see, one night while living in South Central Los Angeles, I was beaten with a baseball bat, held at gun point, knife point, and placed in a car against my will. When the end of my life appeared all but certain, a stranger made her way through a mob of curiosity seekers to warn the persons who held me captive to release me, or else they would have to answer to the authorities. Mind you, these were hardcore gangbangers and drug dealers, but something must have clicked, because they would eventually release me. Shortly thereafter I would receive medical attention, which culminated with my spending 30 days in the hospital, including three operations to replace a shattered elbow. Upon my release I fled to my home state of North Carolina, where I would spend the next year recovering from both my physical and emotional wounds. Each day I would just sit alone in a dark room. Wondering why this had to happen to me. Wondering how it could have been prevented.


Fast forward twenty years, my life seems relatively normal, or so I thought. But somewhere deep inside I still needed closure, and that meant returning to South Central Los Angeles, where I would find what was missing in my life...and so much more.



"RETURN TO SOUTH CENTRAL" is a part of the "EVERYONE HAS A STORY" photo documentary series. I hope that in the weeks and months ahead you will follow some of the amazing people that I plan to introduce to all of you. But first, I am proud and humbled to start things off with MY STORY. To check out more of RETURN TO SOUTH CENTRAL, please click on the link provided below:


Photo courtesy of Michelle Taylor Greene.


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Taken on July 10, 2010