JOHNNIE LAFERRELL ALEXANDER

Alexander comes from a childhood challenged by homelessness and witness to significant drug activity, crimes and violence, in Yonkers, New York.

At a crucial moment, a woman came forward to act as his legal guardian and helped him to attend a boarding school for less fortunate children. Quoting Alexander; "Without her it might never have happened, because she came forward to act as legal guardian when my mother was sent to jail just as I was trying to get into the school. I had no relatives in the state and was going to be sent to a foster home."  With the help of the boarding school staff, he received a full college scholarship.

Alexander is now thirty, and a graduate of Xavier University in Louisiana where he received a BS in psychology.  He works for Hudson River Health Care as a Community Care Partner and Health Educator, he is a Peace Keeper and involved in several movements reaching out to youth at risk. Alexander trains as a boxer, partly as means to nourish self discipline, and partly upholding a vow made as a Peace Keeper to not only to protect the women, children, and  elderly of his community, but himself as well.

These photographs document Alexander's life today; his close friends and family, his activities, and his dedication to educating and mediating, and setting himself as an example to have a positive impact in his community.