In this flashback from 2017, Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll broke down the importance of financial literacy. He said “Financial literacy is one of the biggest issues that plague our society. 90% of crimes committed are money related, yet only 1% of the programs that cater to people in prison and out deal with finance. I am here to be a solution for that, at least from my perspective.”
Known as the “Oracle of San Quentin”, Curtis Caroll was convicted of murder/robbery 20 years ago and was sentenced to 54 years to life behind bars at an age when most of us were busy going on awkward dates as we attempted to navigate high school.
Curtis came up in what can be considered ground zero of the crack epidemic; Oakland, California. Carroll’s desire to change his circumstance forced him to educate himself and at the same time awakened a conscious he long ago buried under multiple rap sheets as a youth.
Carroll now sees his life as an opportunity to teach financial literacy the masses, attributing crime, or the motive behind it, directly to the disconnect between financial security and most people. He compares finance to a soap opera in that he attempts to find a narrative to which people are emotionally connected to, and determines his move based on that. Salute to Curtis Carroll and Sway for an important interview. Watch above.
Source: Sway Calloway – “The Last Mile Radio”