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Congratulations to Northeast #RespectChallenge2014 Winner, Keri Singleton from New York.

As a regional winner of the Futures Without Violence challenge, Keri has chosen the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute as the recipient organization of his winning prize. Read his story here: http://on.fb.me/QEvCcl

Thank you Keri!

""Respect". That seven letter word has been the basic foundation for our ability as humans to co-habitate in any civilized society. It doesn't require us to agree on a particular subject, it simply dictates that we honor a difference of opinion and/or perspective. I credit my mother, Denise H. Singleton (photographed with him), for instilling in me the importance of respecting others.

In 1967 Aretha Franklin famously belted out "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" in her iconic, Grammy Award-winning song "Respect". That seven letter word has been the basic foundation for our ability as humans to co-habitate in any civilized society. It doesn't require us to agree on a particular subject, it simply dictates that we honor a difference of opinion and/or perspective. I credit my mother, Denise H. Singleton, for instilling in me the importance of respecting others.

On the day preceding Father's Day in 1996 my dad was murdered in my hometown of Boston. His death, to date, remains an unsolved, cold case. Years later I served a prison 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 sentence in New York for charges of larceny and identity theft. Admittedly, my disregard for the law stemmed, in large part, to my father's case being seemingly ignored by the Boston Police Department. I felt, in essence, "disrespected" by Boston's legal system. My actions, however, not only devastated my family (most notably my mother) but they, of course, only hurt myself.

Upon completion of my sentence (I was released from Parole a year early due to my "successful re-adjustment"), I enrolled in to college studying in Criminal Justice and earning a 4.0. GPA. I became an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa, as my mother had years earlier. I was inspired by her to respect the law and make both her and my late father proud by striving for excellence and inspiring others to do so.

Today, I am an author, radio host, publicist, and mentor. My life embodies the importance of respecting others. My mom has been instrumental in my vow to live, and let live. Although I am still a work in progress I can point to my mother for being the architect of my temple's new heights," says Keri.