The Shine King of Texas

May 1, 2013

To the left, Clarence appears on the Steve Harvey show after being released from prison.

 

I know you are wondering how this all came about. How did this man from the Texas Prison system go from being shackled to appearing as an guest on Steve Harvey's Show? Well, it really did happen. On Thursday October 03, 2013 Clarence Campbell sat confidently as a guest on Steve Harvey's Show-titled Second Chance. “Let’s take you back…and get right to it! How it all began."

 

Following the Wrong People Trying to Make a Fast Dollar

 

Clearance Campbell was known as the apple of his Grandmother's eye. In his own words, "I was spoiled." He was not brought up in the manner you would likely have thought for someone ending up in prison. He was reared up to be a king. His presentation propelled him to be one of the best dressing, shoe-shining men in the city! Clarence was always a cut above the rest. This is one of the qualities that his grandmother installed in him. On his way to college, Clarence had his dream and vision The Shine King of Texas before him. Somehow he got side tracked, wanting to move up quickly in the world. Clarence’s desire to obtain what he wanted expediently would lead him to make wrong decisions and hang with a criminal-minded crowd. A life of destructive outcomes was bound to happen. Clarence would fall into the trap of a cycle of crime, leading him quickly to a prison cell. Clarence was caught in this ugly net, and here he was, back in prison for the second time. However, a life changing event would cause his cycle of incarceration to be broken. His prison cell would now become his prayer room and THINK tank. It is here, on his first day of his second sentence, that Clarence would hear the worst news ever. His precious Grandmother, who had been his rock of support, had passed away. The deep sorrow he felt from the loss of his grandmother would drive him to pursue a new direction. After a period of praying and thinking, The Shine King began to be conceived.

 

A Life Changed

 

Clarence's focus became more fixed than ever. He made the decision to move forward into shoe-shining, even though this was not his trade or what he went to college for. Clarence had always been a fan of sparkling, dazzling shoes! After making his mind up about his new occupation, everything began to fall into place, and soon he would begin to visualize himself as a global entrepreneur. At this time Clarence was flourishing with his new shoe shining job. It was time for Clarence to go up for parole. Everything was right for him. His new job placed him in the position to service the Warden of the prison. Clarence's shoe-shine stand was right in the front where he was visible to potential customers, along side the best barber and shoe-shiner in the institution. World class tips would be given and incorporated, mashing with Clarence's own skill sets. This was the best time to go up for parole. He was sure the parole board would see him as the success he was! To Clarence's horror, the parole board denied him. This was absolutely discouraging, making him feel like he had just taken a 'Rocky' punch right to the stomach.

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