Tewkunzi Green

(Drawing by Tewkunzi Green, Displayed at 2017 No Perfect Victim Network Gathering)


As of November 2020, Tewkunzi was granted clemency by Governor Pritzker. She was home in time to celebrate the holidays with her family!

Part of Tewkunzi’s Story
Tewkunzi Green is a Black mother from Peoria, Illinois. In 2007, she was attacked by her child’s father, who backed her up against the kitchen sink and choked her, while she held their infant son. Fearful she would faint and drop her son, Tewkunzi harmed her child’s father in an act of self-defense which later resulted in his death. At trial, she argued that she acted in self-defense but was found guilty and sentenced to 34 years.

(Portrait of Tewkunzi by Paul Callahan)