Kemba Smith Speaks Out in New Memoir
BAW | 9/1/2011, 12:39 a.m.
While, at times, it's difficult to understand why Smith didn't run, anyone who knows the signs of abuse and the manner in which victims react will find this story is not unusual. Smith stays even when it is obvious that Khalif is sleeping with her best friend. She stays even when she is fairly certain he has killed another friend .....
She wants to move on, focus on a career. She is not sure of what she will do, but she mentions "teaching, counseling or ministering." Still, after years, people recognize her on the streets.
"I was in Oklahoma with my husband," Smith recalled. "We were hanging out, and this girl walks up to me and says, 'I hope I don't offend you, but are you Kemba Smith?"
Smith is thankful for the life she has. For now, she will sell her book, try to enjoy her son's last year at home before college and make speeches about her life and the women she left behind in prison. She keeps remembering something NAACP President Ben Jealous told her: "When certain incarcerated people get out, they get this attention and a platform to speak, but ultimately you need balance to formulate a life."