Kevin McLaughlin, "Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience"
Kevin McLaughlin comes to The Regulator for a reading and booksigning of his new book, Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience. His co-author and subject of the book, Opwonya Innocent, will attend the event via Skype from Uganda.
Opwonya Innocent was born three years after unrest started in northern Uganda and three years before the formation of the anti-government Lord's Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. Death came to his village when he was only seven, and soon his parents required him to sleep miles away from home for safety. At ten he was abducted by Kony's army and taken to a training camp for child soldiers, where brutality and violence became his new reality. Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience reveals, in his own words, Innocent's struggle to heal from the trauma he experienced, a growing awareness of a desire to help others and his tireless effort to realize meaningful, positive change. Innocent's inspiring story embodies the triumph of hope and determination over pain, trauma and fear.
Kevin McLaughlin has a background in policy and communications work at the local, state and federal government levels. McLaughlin lives in Durham, NC, where he works with local government, nonprofit agencies, local businesses and religious institutions to address issues surrounding social justice, inclusivity and community development. He earned a BA from Miami University and a Master of Public Administration from the UNC--Chapel Hill.