Inspiration Inside

For chaplains meeting by Zoom with county jail inmates, here are some inspiring talks that may fit in well with your presentations. The music originally part of this list has been moved to “Stepping Stones Playlist.

Inspiring Talks and Poetry

Source / CreatorTitleURL / LinkNotes
Denice Frohman Denice Frohman – Accents (poetry performance) – 2 min. 21 sec. performance about family and language (2013)
Fearless SoulA Powerful Story About Anger and Letting Go (The Snake and Saw Story) – 4 min. 7 sec. motivational video (2020)
Fred Luskin (Greater Good Science Center)The Choice to Forgive – 3 min. 21 sec. stage presentation (2010)
FreddyFriMotivation – Freddy FriInner Conflict Struggle | Daily Motivation Dose (“Winsday”) – 5 min. 48 sec. motivational video (2019)
Taylor Mali“Like Lilly Like Wilson” (poetry performance) – 2 min. 45 sec. performs his poem about student changing her mind (2008)
Oprah Winfrey Network – Super Soul Sunday (OWN)The Best Advice Dr. Maya Angelou Has Ever Given—and Received – 4 min. 1 sec. of larger Oprah Episode 416 (2013)
Oprah Winfrey Network – Super Soul Sunday (OWN)3 Boundaries You Must Set in Every Relationship – 2 min. 40 sec. of Oprah Episode (2017)
RadianceonewayTwo Wolves – 2 min. 22 sec. of an old story (2008)
TED Talks Global“The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 18 min. 20 sec. novelist on cultural assumptions (2009)
TED Talks “My 12 Pairs of Legs” by Aimee Mullins – 9 min. 45 sec. model and athlete talks about her life (2009)
TEDx Chula Vista – TEDx Talks“I Talk to Myself!” by Evan Garcia – 5 min. 33 sec. year old boy on negative self-talk (2018)
TED Talks Education“Every Kid Needs a Champion” by Rita Pierson – 7 min. 35 sec. talks about relationships that make a difference (2013)
TEDx Talks – MuncyStatePrison“I’m a Woman First” by Tiffany Williams – 6 min. 27 sec. female inmate talk and song (2014)
TED NYC“The danger of silence” by Clint Smith – 4 min. 9 sec. performs poem about writing, racism, and the obligation to speak up (2014)
TEDx Talks – TEDx Perryville Correctional “Removing Labels” by Dominique Goodmond – 9 min. 36 sec. female inmate talk (2018)
TEDx San Quentin – TEDs Talks“My daughter, my hero” by Sam W. Johnson, Sr. – 7 min. 44 sec. Quentin male inmate talk – inc. descriptions of family violence (2017)
Trent Shelton“You Don’t Have to Be Perfect” – 3 min. 40 sec. talk by NFL football player (2021)
Trent Shelton“Five Things You Need to Quit” – 4 min. 21 sec. talk by NFL football player (2019)

Thanks to Mandy for her gift of the black and white photo of an old jail window.

Last update: 13 April 2023

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