Choices: The Ulysses Long Story

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By Ulysses Long with Chris Warner One fleeting moment can derail a life. A youthful mistake that netted him $6.50 ultimately bore a 130-year prison sentence. In 1968, Ulysses Long was 25. An honorably discharged Air Force veteran of three years, he was a free spirit on the streets of New Orleans, hanging out on corners, chasing girls and good times. He was young and extremely naïve. An emotional roller coaster ride, the Ulysses Long Story follows Ulysses from the bustling New Orleans riverfront docks to the perilous prison conditions of Angola State Penitentiary, and finally to Baton Rouge–the viper pit of Louisiana politics. Ulysses maintained a sense of right throughout his time among the brutal social circles of the Angola State Penitentiary. He persevered to freedom through the twisted, bureaucratic manipulations of a racist judicial system during a time when Louisiana was reluctant to make the United States Constitution work for blacks. Ulysses survived his tortuous twenty-year odyssey through uncanny personal strength. Anger at the incredible odds against him would have been understandable. And yet, anger did not fuel his crusade for freedom, nor does bitterness taint his story. Hope is the main character. In time, Long finds faith and friendship in an unlikely knight, LSU Basketball Coach Dale Brown, that leads to his eventual pardon by Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. The subject of a forthcoming George Soros Open Society Institute documentary titled, New Orleans Justice (N.O. Justice), the Ulysses Long Story is a fascinating tale of corruption, greed, fear and faith. This is not a scared straight story. It’s an honest lesson in personal responsibility, a lasting testament of human faith, and an indelible tribute to the ultimate power of hope. Ulysses Long passed in 2010. This is his unforgettable, true story.

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Chris Warner

A native of New Iberia, Louisiana (1970), Chris Warner is a double graduate of LSU in Baton Rouge and of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a doctorate in 2002. He is the author of over twenty titles, including "A Tailgater's Guide to SEC Football Volume IV," which landed him on the History Channel documentary, "Tailgating" with Tom Arnold in 2004. He is the co-author of "The Wagon to Disaster" with Aaron Beam, former HealthSouth CFO. The title was featured on CNBC's American Greed in 2009. He is also the author of "Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama" with Joe Gilchrist, and a related novel, "Saved at the Alabama-Florida Line." He lives with his family in L.A. (Lower Alabama). Chris is also a noted speaker, offering the favored keynote address, “The History of College Football in the South, the History of the SEC and the History of Tailgating” to various SEC alumni groups, Rotary, Kiwanis and football fan clubs.

Ulysses Long

Ulysses Long is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. An honorably discharged Air Force mechanic, he spent 20 years, three months and 15 days in the Louisiana Corrections System--mainly at Angola Penitentiary--before being pardoned by Governor Edwin Washington Edwards, at the request of Dale Duward Brown. He passed away in July, 2010, succumbing to cancer.