Parents Turn Pain into Policy

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Sedonte Ward Scholarship

Robert Stolarik

Arlene Ward hugs the first recipient of the scholarship in her deceased son’s name. Resisting revenge, she created Sadonte Foundation and works to inspire local teens to resist violence, too.

NEW YORK — Arlene Ward knew the choice she made that night would change the lives of the young people from the housing projects that define Manhattan’s Lower East Side skyline. She sat in the hospital room where her son’s dead body lay, still warm, a tube jammed down his throat after a gunshot to the chest.

Ward grew up in the projects. When she was a child, revenge was an instrumental part of meting out street justice . . .

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