2017 Gramsci Prize to Larry White
Larry White is an eighty-two-year-old African American activist who spent 32 years in prison devising a survival manual for men and women serving life sentences. It is called "Hope Lives for Lifers" and it is based on the principles described by Paolo Freire in "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" which also inspired Augusto Boal to write "Theater of the Oppressed."
Larry White teaches the survival principles in his manual using Boal's techniques. Larry White is a hero to prisoners all over America. His work is so well known and so inspiring that prisoners get organized and advocate for prison reform even while they serve their sentences.
He has served a long period of time in prison using that time to advocate for the freedom of others; even after his release he keeps visiting prisons and inspiring hope.