From prison to entrepreneur, Miracle McGlown is an inspiration for Flint

FLINT, MI – His day usually starts at 6:30 a.m. working for the City of Flint Street Maintenance, cleaning the streets and pavement.

Her day usually ends around 11:00 p.m., handbags, purses, shoulder straps, purses and more.

His name is Miracle McGlown – a Flint man who received a “miracle” award from former President Barack Obama that allowed him to pursue his dreams.

The soft-spoken McGlown, 41, has lived two separate lives.

Before 2008, he was on the streets, around the wrong people, which led to a 20-year prison sentence for drug conspiracy.

After his release in 2008, McGlown got his life together, started working and recently launched his own website, 1:Eleven, where he says the quality can’t be found anywhere else.

He said: “I am bringing a new style of fashion.

The word “1:11” has a meaning as a sign of angelic guidance which means that one chapter of your life is ending, and you are ready for a new one. McGlown developed a close relationship with God while in prison and is credited with his conversion.

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His birthday also falls on January 11.

McGlown’s journey to entrepreneurship began in prison. He was assigned to a hobby arts class around 2011, teaching the basics of rope making.

Everything was taught by leather weaving and boxing, without sewing machines.

“It was just one of those things where I took something negative and turned it into something positive,” he said. “It’s hard to get into that class, but if they see you take things seriously, you’re more likely to get in.”

McGlown discovered his talent when he started making bags, putting his own style on it, and caught the attention of his teacher.

“My teacher started laughing and said you got it,” he said.

In prison, McGlown made his daughter a school bag and carved her name “Leilani” in the middle.

He said: “Everyone from the prisoners to the guards asked, ‘How did you do it?’

After becoming a freelancer, McGlown started making bags for his family alone, and then expanded to selling bags to different people.

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This month, she made a big splash of her website inside Flint’s Comma Bookstore & Social Hub, showing off her bags.

Making a bag can take about three weeks, but a double-layered bag takes McGlown about three months to make.

“I’m creating bags that no one has seen before,” he said.

Flint is known for high crime and poor economic development. McGlown wandered the streets of Flint for years, without direction, with no way of success.

In many ways, serving time at the FCI Elkton prison in Ohio saved his life by getting him off the streets.

He said: “I have no job in my life.

When Obama pardoned McGlown on Jan. 17, 2017, he set a record for the most powerful use of the power of mercy, giving 330 commutations, during his last day in office.

He wrote to Obama about 50 times and was rejected twice.

McGlown saw the story on CNN, and the manager asked if he wanted to accept the apology.

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He said: “For four minutes, the last second of the hour, I trusted God as always.

As a father of three to Nevaeh, Leilani and Miracle Jr., McGlown supports his wife Dominique Strong through the nonprofit Umo Strong Marshall Outreach in any way he can.

When he finally puts his head down after eleven o’clock at night, that’s when the genius really begins.

With over 100 bags made in its lifetime, the best is yet to come.

“My best ideas happen when I’m lying in bed,” McGlown said.

Join McGlown’s online business at

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