Name: Gena “Misses_S.A.M” Hopkins

Social Media Handle/Username: @misses_s.a.m

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I am a single mom of three pre-teens living in Atlanta, Georgia. I am from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and working toward attending law school. I am my mother’s youngest and my father’s oldest and I absolutely love kids, my nieces, nephews and god-children. I love music, traveling, reading, writing and watching true crime stories.

What Inspires You Every day? : My children and doing what I can to bring change for their future. I also want to use my voice for those who are unable. Knowing that there are people in this world that are serving time in prison and on death row for crimes they did not commit inspires me to get my law degree and fight for injustices. I use my voice to share the word of the wrongfully convicted and I hope my efforts roll over to my children.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: “Failure is not an option” – this has been my motto since I was a teen.

“Can’t should never be in your vocabulary”- we CAN do anything we put our minds to, sometimes, we just need to ask for help to get it started.

“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear”- Actions are more powerful than words, but even then actions can be fabricated. You have to be aware of your surroundings and how people move.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal is to bring awareness to the corruption and miscarriages of justice within our judicial and legal system. If I can help free Julius Darius Jones, an innocent man on death row in Oklahoma, by sharing his story, and speaking out against the biased court systems then my goal in life will be fulfilled.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I’ve had my ups and downs. I have bouts with depression but when I think of the freedoms that I have, even during lock down, I find peace In knowing that I am still free to leave my room for my living room, or free to leave my home. There are so many innocent men and women currently incarcerated, that I can never complain about being at home during the pandemic. I feel the pandemic has made me appreciate simple freedoms more.

What is a message you would like to give others? : In order for all people to be treated equally, we must first recognize and understand that racial injustices are happening to this day. You can’t fix racism & hatred by pretending it doesn’t exist.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I am looking for more volunteer opportunities with justice affiliated organizations. I am in line to pursue a J.D. in Civil Rights Law

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