Prisoners Deserve a Second Chance: Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor is a writer, mentor and motivational speaker whose story of redemption has inspired youth and young adults at high schools and universities across the nation. He is the Detroit Local Engagement Manager for BMe (Black Male Engagement. He is the founder of The Atonement Project which he teaches at The University of Michigan, and founder of the Live In Peace Digital and Literary Arts Project, He is also a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He has written six books, including a memoir about his life entitled Writing My Wrongs ( He is the author of the highly addictive detective series Crack: Volume 1 and Crack: Volume 2, and most recently published a book of his writings entitled Live in Peace: A Youth Guide to Turning Hurt into Hope, a companion piece to his mentoring program. He has done a number of TEDx and was a TED Prize finalist for The Atonement Project. The father of three currently resides in the city of Detroit where he is actively engaged with his community.
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