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Malcolm Alexander’s first Father’s Day home after 37 years in prison: Will you sign the card?

By Vanessa Potkin

Malcolm Alexander. Photo by Lacy Atkins.

Malcolm Alexander is finally home to spend Father’s Day with his wife Brenda, their son Malcolm II (“Mac”) and grandson Malcolm III after 37 years of wrongful imprisonment —and we’re going to send him the best Father’s Day card ever.

It was 1980 and Malcolm had just turned 20—raising his two-year-old son Mac and working in construction around New Orleans—when he was arrested for raping a white woman he had never met.

The stakes could not have been higher for Malcolm. He faced a mandatory sentence of life without parole if convicted. Louisiana tops every other state in the U.S. in its incarceration rate and has more people serving life without parole sentences than Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas combined.

Malcolm’s son Mac Stewart, his mom Maudra Marie Alexander, and nephew Patrick Alexander visiting him at Angola prison.

Malcolm was robbed of building the beautiful life that he and Brenda dreamed of. He was sent off to spend the rest of his life in Louisiana’s Angola penitentiary, a former plantation and one of the nation’s most notorious maximum security prisons. Despite this life-shattering outcome, Malcolm played the cards he was dealt with the utmost optimism and positivity.

Within the confines of Angola, he remained committed to raising his son and uplifting his family. He became a skilled craftsman, excelling in woodworking and mentoring the disillusioned young men around him.

Through monthly visits, weekly phone calls and regular correspondence, Malcolm instilled fundamental fatherhood and leadership qualities in Mac that would eventually help Mac raise his own son, Malcolm III.

“The Malcolms” are some of the kindest, strongest, most genuine, positive and beautiful people I’ve ever known.

When Malcolm was exonerated on January 30th, I met his grandson, Malcolm III, for the first time. Malcolm III was just 20, the same age his grandfather was when he was sentenced to life in prison. Looking at Malcolm, now 57, standing next to his grandson, all of the years and experiences that had been taken were painfully and profoundly visible.

Malcolm Alexander, center, with his son and grandson–also named Malcolm–on the day he was exonerated. January 30, 2018. Photo: Innocence Project.

Through it all, their spirits remain untarnished and their bond unbreakable. “The Malcolms” are some of the kindest, strongest, most genuine, positive and beautiful people I’ve ever known. And we want to make Malcolm’s first Father’s Day home one he’ll never forget. So we’re asking supporters like you who played a role in his freedom to join us in signing a Father’s Day card for him. Will you sign it?

Please join me in honoring Malcolm, who withstood 37 years in prison with an unrelenting commitment to being the best dad he could be.

Please join me in honoring Malcolm, who withstood 37 years in prison with an unrelenting commitment to being the best dad he could be, as he celebrates his first Father’s Day home. Sign the card.

22 Comments

  1. Douglas Cumbie

    Happy Freedom

  2. Cindy Winchester

    May life bring you Joy each and every New Day!

  3. Barbra Holycross

    Welcome home. Sorry you had to endure going to prison n spending so much time there. So glad you’re family believed in you and help see you through this difficult time. So glad you finally got your day of exoneratiom. So welcome home again. Take care

  4. J.M. Lightbourne

    Happy Fathers Day brother, your strength is amazing!!! Enjoy this specia day with your family. Love and Peace!

  5. Alexander Pierre

    Happy Father’s Day to you! You courage, strength, and perseverance are a true testament to the incredible man you are! Enjoy your family on this wonderful day!

  6. Jeannette Smyth

    To Malcolm I, I am sorry for what you had to go through. May God forgive us and bless you with a long and healthy life, to enjoy the fruits of your staying strong, keeping the faith, and growing where you were planted. Having your grandson named after you is just one sign of these blessings. Thank you for sharing the wonderful picture of the three Ms with us.
    Happy Father’s Day, Mr. Malcolm.

  7. Jen Meillier

    Happy Father’s Day ❤️
    I am so sorry for what you have endured, I send love and prayers to you and your family…that you may have many years of peace and joy together. You are a light of strength…thank you

  8. Shontay Luna

    God Bless You Sir. And may Life smile kindly upon every day from now on.

  9. Susan Calhoun

    Sending you Malcolm Father’s Day wishes. Thank God for the Innocence Project and their dedication. And, thank you for being willing to maintain a loving heart and commitment to your family. Love Susan

  10. Debbie Cooper

    I signed the card and am submitting this comment since there was no place for one on the card. If possible, please tell Mr. Alexander how sorry I am that our criminal justice system caused him such brutally unfair treatment and loss of freedom for so much of his life. And tell him also that I am awed by his optimism and fatherhood, and wish him and his family profound joy on this and many more Father’s Days. Having lost my amazing father, I treasure every memory and feel so deeply the meaning of every moment dads can share with their kids. Thank you very much.

  11. Tony Hinrichs

    Malcolm, horrible thing that was done to you. I am sorry that happened to you. Hopefully, you are physically healthy. I am older than you, I am 71. I have “moderate” arthritic changes in both of my hips and bone spurs and narrowing of my lower spine and I lay in my bed with pain probably 80% of the day and am not physically fit enough to help my sin, Junior, battle injustice and back room favoritism of the “old boy” grouping of police, prosecutors, judges and probation officers for my son Junior. What I am somewhat realizing that I have to have faith in God that for me and my household, we will serve the Lord and that He is working His miracles behind the scenes to get criminal cases against my son disnussed and that He has heard my and my wife’s prayers for our son.
    You can spend your life trying to change evil people and trying to get others to help you change laws, but please do that only if it is what God is encouraging you to do. You and I are not going to make evil people like us or care about poor people or injustice, only God can change their hearts.
    Happy Father’s Day and may God give you many more.

  12. Ann Walters

    Dear Malcolm,
    I wish you many years and much joy and love with your family. Happy Father’s Day to you today and always.

  13. Brian Skinner

    Sir: Your remarkable attitude and wonderful family are examples to us all. I am sorry you had to endure so much but am happy that you are with your loved ones. Happy Fathers Day!. Yours, Brian Skinner

  14. Susan Nye

    Enjoy the best fathers day with love of family and friends. So happy for you !

  15. Moua Xiong

    Wishing you a happy Father’s day!

  16. Jeanne Lozier

    I just want to say I am so glad you are back with your family and I am so sorry you had to endure punishment for something you never did. I hope you have a very happy fathers day and enjoy every precious day to come.
    Much Love and Respect,
    Jeanne

  17. Jill Doherty

    I am so sorry this happened to you. I am glad you never gave up. Happy Father’s Day!

  18. Rich Keilholtz

    Malcolm,

    Prayers for you on your Father’s Day as a free man. May God bless and keep you, and use your voice and story to help usher in change in our justice system.

  19. Claire Peterson

    Dear Malcolm,

    I recently visited Angola and, though I’ve been to many prisons to volunteer, I am still grappling with the experience. What a complicated and strange place. I feel lucky to have met the men I did, who seem to strive for their faith and to uplift others. I could not be more ecstatic that you will get to celebrate Father’s Day with your family. And as a white woman, after reading just a bit of your story, I could not be more sorry for the hurt that our world has caused you. I will be thinking of you and your family as I celebrate with my father, and I will hold you in my thoughts, as I’m sure you are leaving friends at Angola too.

    Claire

  20. Sara Alavi

    Congratulations on your freedom. I hope you have an amazing Father’s Day and I hope that you are able to live the rest of your life to the fullest, surrounded by loved ones and doing the things that you love. Live well, sir.

  21. Georgeanna Sparks

    Happy Father’s Day Sir, I’m so sorry you went through what you did. By the Grace of God, I pray the rest of your life and your family’s life is blessed beyond measure. God Bless, G. Sparks

  22. Christine Ransom

    Please enjoy the living H out of the rest of your life.

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