PBS NewsHour

Writer Ashley Ford on the letters that built her self esteem

Clip: 01/04/2019 | 3m 31s

Writing shaped Ashley Ford's life since childhood, when she confided secrets to her journal and clung to the emotional letters her father sent from prison, where he was serving a 30-year sentence for rape. Now a professional writer, Ford offers her brief but spectacular take on striving to become “a person who forgives.”

Aired: 01/04/19

Rating: NR

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