From Pardon to Speaker in One Year: Angela Stanton King Will Be Featured at CPAC

Posted by on February 22, 2021 6:03 am
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A successful author and entrepreneur who rose to national media attention in February 2020 after she was pardoned by President Trump on Feb. 18, 2020, for her 2004 conviction for her role in a car theft ring will be a featured speaker at CPAC this weekend and she will talk about the importance of jobs.

“I just learned that President Trump is speaking at Cpac 2021. Guess what! I am too. Meet us there. #CPAC2021, Angela Stanton King, posted on Twitter.


David Harris Jr. spoke with Stanton-King in October, before her election, about her time as an inmate and about her transition from being a Democrat to a Republican and getting a pardon and starting a foundation to help others.

“Absolutely, I used to be a Democrat. Back in 2005, I was arrested for title fraud, and I was pregnant. And I ended up giving birth to my daughter handcuffed to a bed with the Sheriff watching, and24 hours later, she was snatched out of my arms, and I was sent back to an overcrowded prison.  I was released from prison two and half years later; I was given a $25 dollar check and a bus ticket.

No one wanted to give me a job because I had been incarcerated. There were certain government assistance programs that I couldn’t get because I had been incarcerated. But being denied government assistance was the best thing that ever happened to me. Because when I was denied, I had to figure out a way to make a living,” Stanton told Harris.

This is a pretty cool transition, from Pardon to CPAC speaker.


“I want people to understand that the foundation did help secure the pardon for Kwame Kilpatrick, who now is ready to give back to by serving on the board of the foundation, which will create lessons on financial stability, Staton-King told me.

The Detroit News reported on the pardon.  “President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick early Wednesday in one of his final acts, 16 years before Kilpatrick was to be released from prison for running a racketeering enterprise out of City Hall.

Kilpatrick was about seven years into his sentence for his role in a racketeering and bribery scheme while in public office.”

“President Trump commuted the sentence of the former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. This commutation is strongly supported by prominent members of the Detroit community,” the White House said in a statement.

According to her foundation’s website:

Angela Stanton-King is the executive director of the American King Foundation, which is the continuation of the King legacy. Although not a King family member by blood, Stanton-King was adopted by Alveda King and promoted for her hard work and dedication to criminal justice reform.

The AMERICAN KING FOUNDATION is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization that was founded by Angela Stanton-King. A.K.F. focuses on criminal justice reform, re-entry, and reuniting American Families throughout the United States of America that have been affected by the laws of mass incarceration. A.K.F. provides returning citizens and their families with a pathway to justice, economic stability, and relational wellness.

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