The Clarion Call’s mission is to close the literacy and achievement gap of underserved youth and children of the incarcerated so that they avoid incarceration, succeed in school, and graduate fully prepared to lead productive lives.
With a focus on prison prevention, The Clarion Call works to stem the flow of youth toward the prison system, with an emphasis on children of the incarcerated. We work to connect families with resources designed to keep them – youth and family – on a productive path forward and away from activities and peer groups that progress them toward the school to prison pipeline. The Clarion Call strengthens families to thrive, empowers families to advocate, and coaches families towards a productive future.
Founder and Executive Director
Janice Hatcher Liggins
Message from the Founder: Welcome to The Clarion Call! We are a 501 c3 non-profit organization focused on disrupting the school to prison pipeline. The Clarion Call is committed to provoking change and eliminating discriminatory practices that lead to huge disparities in incarceration rates among African Americans. Discrimination and discriminatory practices are wrong, regardless of who they are directed against. Unfortunately, for African Americans, this is a centuries-old war that we continue to fight. Join The Clarion Call in our efforts to confront and bring an end to the systemic practices of discrimination that continue to plague our nation and communities every single day. It’s time for things to change!
Board of Directors
Malcolm Tyson, PhD
Managing Partner, IFS Consulting Group
Billina R. Shaw, M.D.
Medical Director of Mental Health Services, Prince George’s County, MD Department of Health
Kia N. Braxton, PMP
Professional Services Consultant
The Clarion Call was birthed out of an experience visiting a maximum-security prison in Cumberland, MD in 2010. Founder and Executive Director Janice Liggins visited the prison along with her Leadership Maryland cohort. It was there that she had a riveting awakening regarding the egregious systemic issues contributing to mass incarceration, especially for underserved youth and African American men.
From Idea to Reality: The Birth of The Clarion Call
In October 2010, as a result of the riveting experience shared by the founder, Janice Hatcher Liggins charged her Leadership Maryland classmates with the statement: “Whenever a discussion takes place that evokes an emotion in nearly every person in the room, we witness the genesis of an assignment – a clarion call to action.” From this statement and the confirming responses of her classmates, God moved on the heart of Janice to transform her experience into a mission of action and The Clarion Call Non-profit organization was born.