Shaka Senghor: Writing My Wrongs



Nal justice majors teachers and all parents Congratulations Shaka Senghor on this life changing work It is the blueprint on how we might read and WRITE ourselves into a new way of being humanMuch love in struggleKaren Gagne I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars but ultimately this book is a solid 4 because while it is a compelling ngaging read it doesn t radically stand out from any other redemption story out there Redemption stories are by their very nature predictably full of plot lines that crest dip then crest again However this is the first time that I ve really understood how the prison system is designed to rob people of their humanity The constant upheaval the threat of violence from all corners the social isolation all of this serves to set inmates up to fail Should someone be punished for committing a crime Yes Should someone be made to feel that there s no hope for change No What good does it do to return angry demoralized people to society Not much as far as I can tell and neither can Shaka Senghor who has made it his mission. L that saw him run away from home turn to drug dealing to survive and Last Chance Bride end up in prison for murder at the age of 19 fuming with anger and despair       Writing My Wrongs is the story of what came next During his nineteen year incarceration seven of which were spent in solitary confinement Senghor discovered literature meditation selfxamination and the kindness of others tools he used to confront the demons of his past forgive the people who hurt him and begin atoning for the wrongs he had committed Upon his release at age thirty ight Senghor became an activist and mentor.

Reading this while finishing the last season of The Wire made me appreciate just how ntrenched in realism the show is But this isn t a review of The Wire which you should definitely watch it s a review of Shaka Senghor s memoir Writing My Wrongs Life Death and Redemption in an American Prison It actually takes place in a number of American prisons which was an Lawman Lover (Outlaws, eye opener to me because I didn t realise the regularity with which prisoners are transferred I first came across Shaka Senghor through a podcastpisode Conversations with Tyler Episode 80 and was keen to read his memoir which was both shocking and fascinating Having read his memoir I m keen to read his other books particularly his novels My students and I have been reading this really important book this semester hot off the shelf It never fails as with all of Shaka s books it is the one reading they ALL get into Afterwards they are able to put all the pieces together of the things I have had them read and watch and think about in the course A must read for sociologists crimi. In 1991 Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second degree murder Today he is a lecturer at universities a leading voice on criminal justice reform and an inspiration to thousandsIn life it's not how you start that matters It's how you finish      Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s City Girl in Training east side during the height of the 1980s crackpidemic An honor roll student and a natural leader he dreamed of becoming a doctor but at age 11 his parents' marriage began to unravel and the beatings from his mother worsened sending him on a downward spira.

In life to help children find a way to Mystery at Kittiwake Bay express their anger frustration and disappointment without succumbing to violence So read this book for the story itself and for a reality check This is an incredible book thatvery one should read once in their lives This is what Writing My Wrongs made me feel1 CONTRIBUTION I thought I was contributing and helping Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files enough till I read your book Shaka there is so much I can do and this pushed me to find non profit that helps women to teach them what I teach I am a coach for women I teach women how to boost selfsteem and be happy2 JUDGEMENT I do have a confession to make Before I met you part of me would still judge others if they killed someone F %K that I stopped doing it the moment I met you and read your book Your book taught me that no matter what we have done in the past we ALL can change and improve 3 EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE after all what happened to the Author he managed to survive and work hard so he can now help his community This reminds me and teach me that no matter what The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, everything To young men and women facing circumstances like his His work in the community and the courage to share his story led him to fellowships at the MIT Media Lab and the Kellogg Foundation and invitations to speak atvents like TED and the Aspen Ideas FestivalIn ual turns Writing My Wrongs is a page turning portrait of life in the shadow of poverty violence and fear; an unforgettable story of redemption reminding us that our worst deeds don’t define us; and a compelling witness to our country’s need for rethinking its approach to crime prison and the men and women sent the.

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