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Personal Essay Winner 2022

Finding My Humanity in Humiliation

How 36 hours in the slammer changed my life

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Mick the Meth Head hated handcuffs, and he yanked on them so violently his wrists dripped blood all over my fancy suit and shoes. I assumed the police officers would intervene, but they went about their business as if it were just another day at the office.

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Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.