A.W. Burgess is a native of Baltimore, Maryland where he is a 1988 graduate of the elite private McDonogh School. He has attended Oklahoma State, Hampton, & Old Dominion Universities respectfully. With a promising future in collegiate and professional sports, and career opportunities on the horizon, he went to prison in his senior year of college as a result of domestic violence. After receiving a life-altering treatment in 1992, in the Central State Hospital, a penitentiary psychiatric hospital located in Petersburg, Virginia, he emerged from prison as a permanently disenfranchised convicted felon and a change agent charged to lovingly help domestic violence offenders, bullies & child abusers find the root cause of their violent behavior, so they do not harm others, the community they reside, their families and their very own legacy as he once did with his very own life.