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Location: United States

Gender: M

Member Since: November 2019

Last online: March 2021

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To "elucidate" is to throw light upon, clarify or explain, and that is what Kimya, birth name of Julius Humphrey, Sr., has been doing through his old typewriter for years – narrating the story of his life. In Swahili, Kimya means “quiet,” which perfectly describes this gentle, whispering man who I met in March, 2019. Kimya wrote in a letter to me, his brother Aheem named him this around 1978, and added, “I really don’t speak much around people I don’t know. I’m more of a thinker, which creates my writing. So Kimya represents who I am much better.”

My name is Quaitie, and I have been editing Kimya’s work since meeting him – well, not officially, only through personal letters and occasional phone calls as Kimya is incarcerated. Since he doesn’t have access to media resources, I searched for a way to get more of his writings out in public. While there’s the selfish part of me who wants to keep all that he is as my own, there is also the reality that his messages are too important and valuable for that sort of greed. It needs to be shared. It needs to be out here with all of you so you can share it with others as well.

Kimya is over-incarcerated, serving time on the three strikes law; all non-violent crimes. So while his wisdom and contributions to society remain behind metal and conrete, I am out here to bring them to you and give them the life Kimya would like you to read.


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