|Born 2:50am., on Nov. 8, 1948 in Chester Hospital, Richard Carter, Sr., is the fifth of ten children brought forth by the loving union of Douglas Lee, Sr., and Beatrice-Elzie Carter. Amongst the initial group of Chester’s Negro Children inducted into the Civil Rights Movement of the early 60’s, he also has a broad base of lifetime learning experiences ranging from being declared a juvenile delinquent, to Vietnam combat hero, to troubled addict, and prisoner to his atonement and redemption as a 21st Century organizer for social change and better laws. Brotha Tut is a member of the Human Rights Coalition which represents Pennsylvania prisoners and their families as an organization-level member of the American Friends Service Committee’s National StopMax Campaign. He is the president of HRC-Chester and secretary of the Philadelphia Coalition of Ex-Offenders Support Groups. And, he’s the residential director of the Diversified Housing Solutions, Inc., a new and innovated non-profit service organization for homeless/ex-prisoners veterans.
Brotha Tut is also a Criminal Justice student at Widener University where he’s pursuing a master degree in Juvenile Justice as a part of his strategy to offer both alternative preventive and remedial programs for at-risk youth.
His visions for life-long achievement he hopes to excite local and national campaigns which affect conditions where more Black children go to college than go to prisons and to assist in changing American Prison Culture to impact changing what happens in our prisons, then, abolish em altogether.
Although he lives in a global village Tut currently resides between Chester and Philadelphia. On April 11, 2008, the NAACP’s Chester Branch honored Richard with the Phoenix Award for rising out of his ashes inspiring and encouraging re-birth in the City of Chester and on April 25, 2008, the City of Philadelphia honored Tut with their Guiding Light in the Community Award for his efforts fulfilling the mission of serving his community