Doris Mangrum is a nationally recognized authority on matters concerning the formerly incarcerated, veterans, their families, the pangs of long separation and the reunification process. Doris is a motivational speaker and has been a sought after expert on program and intervention design by correctional facilities, an advisor in high profile criminal cases, and as an expert panelist for movie screenings. She is the author of “After the Bungy Jump, There’s Still A Lot of Jerking Goin’ On”™ , "A Soiled Identity: From Triumph to Tragedy and Back Again", along with an ever-growing sselection of booklets covering information around separation and reunification matters.and various
She is Executive Producer/Screenwriter of “STAINS: Changing Lives After Incarceration” ™, her first feature length national documentary. Traveling over 10 states in 2009 for production, the film premiered at Tribeca Cinemas in New York on April 19, 2011. In 2012, STAINS won Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at the People's Film Festival in New York. She is the owner of Saidiana Productions, a company whose mission is to develop books, arts and media productions calling attention to the plight of of the formerly incarcerated, veterans and their families. Her nonprofit, Saidiana Works, Incorporated is dedicated to supporting, resource linking, training and helping families navigate through separation by incarceration, military deployment, study abroad and any other reasons causing long periods of separation from loved ones.
She has been a parenting professional for nearly 30 years, with the last 25 focusing much of her efforts on incarcerated parents and the plight of families affected by incarceration.
Doris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Correctional Association, National Association of Black Journalists, Association for the Study of African Life and History, Power Women International Connections, and the Bay Area Business Roundtable.
She has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts including “View From The Bay” with Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang and was recently quoted in the UK Guardian at the height of the Phillip Garrido kidnapping case of Jaycee Dugard. She is the former host and producer of "Pivotal Parenting Point" and “Let’s Saidiana”, (2008 - 2013) a community awareness program aired weekly on KDYA – 1190 AM “The Light”. She has recently launched her new television Stop the Madness: Practical Ways to Influence the Incarceration Crisis on Public Access Television in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
TWELVE THOUGHTS WORTH THINKING
1. Failure is often the first step to success.
2.Where we sit determines what we see.
3.First we form our habits, then they form us
4.We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.
5. Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
6. Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
7. If you believe strongly in yourself and what you're doing, you'll find resources you never knew you had.
8. Most of the mistakes of our life come from feeling when we ought to think, and thinking when we ought to feel.
9. Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.
10. There is no limit to the amount of good people can do if they don't care - who gets the credit.
11. "I must do something" will always solve more problems than "Something must be done."
12. The most valuable gift you can give another person is a good example.
NOW IS THE TIME . . .
If you are tired of being tired about what you see going on in our neighborhoods, with our children and families, it's time for you to do more than be tired.
GET TO WORK! In your community, start a support group or establish a community resource center to get information where it's most needed - in the community. Help a grandmother that is the primary caregiver for her young grandchildren. Develop a reading circle in your neighborhood. These are just a few simple things that you could start TODAY.
We have to stop being afraid to do what is right and what needs to be done. Together - we can share, together - we can achieve, together - we can change the world.
"Go out and make this a great day, do something good for someone else."
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