Tyra’s last memories of life outside of prison date back 20 years. The last time Tyra was free, Bill Clinton was president. Many of us cannot imagine missing a minute of what our friends post on Facebook or what life would be like not binge watching Netflix. Imagine how it feels to spend 20 years behind bars, missing out on everything that’s happening in the outside world.
In 1994 a lot was going on.
The highly acclaimed movie Forrest Gump came out
Major League Baseball players went on strike and the season was cancelled
The famous OJ Simpson Trial began
Lisa Marie Presley married Michael Jackson
Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavor 7) launched into Orbit
Nelson Mandela becomes president of South Africa
Now fast-forward the next 20 years:
Barack Obama became the 1st African American president of the United States
Jurrasic World came out
Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal
Michael Jackson died
9/11 Memorial opened in NYC
Sojourner rover landed on Mars
20 years is a long time. Imagine how different the neighborhood you grew up in would be. Tyra has not seen where she used to live in 20 years. New roads, new buildings, new businesses built, and old businesses gone. 20 years leaves a lot of space for change. Families change. Friends change. Over the course of 20 years, people move, die and have children. Tyra has missed all of this because she’s been in prison for two decades for a crime she did not commit. What would you miss if it were you?
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