Shaka Senghor is the head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at TripActions,[1] college lecturer, and author. As of October 2015, Senghor also teaches a class as part of the Atonement Project, a partnership between him, the University of Michigan, and the MIT Media Lab.[2] His memoir, Writing My Wrongs, was published in March 2016.[3] Senghor was named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016.[4]

Senghor in 2012

Early life edit

Senghor was raised in a middle class family in Detroit during the 1980s.[5] He ran away from an abusive home at the age of 14, after which he was persuaded to join the illegal drug trade by older, more experienced dealers.[6]

Murder and imprisonment edit

In the summer of 1991, Senghor shot and killed a man, after which he spent 19 years incarcerated in different prisons in Michigan, seven years of which were in solitary confinement.[6] Of these seven years, four and a half were consecutive.[7] He was released from prison in 2010.[8] In his book Writing My Wrongs, Senghor discusses rehabilitation and accountability while in incarceration.[3]

Books edit

  • Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father’s Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom (2022)[9]
  • Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in American Prison (2016)[10]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Q&A with Shaka Senghor, TripActions' New Head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion". TripActions. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  2. ^ "St. Lawrence University guest lecturer Shaka Senghor to discuss self transformation". Watertown Daily Times. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b ""Writing My Wrongs": Convicted killer on life transformation". CBS News. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Meet the SuperSoul100: The World's Biggest Trailblazers in One Room". O Magazine. 1 Aug 2016. Retrieved 5 Jul 2018.
  5. ^ "Shaka Senghor Website". Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Carrie (16 March 2016). "Once 'Seduced' By Drug Trade, Former Inmate Now 'Honors My Second Chance'". NPR. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  7. ^ Tolan, Casey (19 October 2015). "What it's like to spend four and a half years in solitary confinement". Fusion. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  8. ^ Thurston, Baratunde (9 February 2015). "It's Time for Tech to Embrace Prison Reform". Fast Company. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Detroit Native Shaka Senghor is Seeking Stories About Fatherhood". 7 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Writing My Wrongs". 31 January 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2023.

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