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Writing My Wrongs [Reading] ➺ Writing My Wrongs ➰ Shaka Senghor – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 h In 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 east side during the height of the s crack epidemic An honor roll student and a natural leader he dreamed of becoming Writing My MOBI :↠ a doctor—but at age his parents' marriage began to unravel and the beatings from his mother worsened sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home turn to drug dealing to survive and end up in prison for murder at the age of 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 self examination 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 eight Senghor became an activist and mentor 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 at events like TED and the Aspen Ideas FestivalIn eual 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 there.

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Writing My Wrongs
  • Shaka Senghor
  • 09 June 2016
  • 9781101907290

10 thoughts on “Writing My Wrongs

  1. Carolina Ordoñez Carolina Ordoñez says:

    This is an incredible book that every one should read once in their lives This is what Writing My Wrongs made me feel1 CONTRIBUTION I thought I was contributing and helping 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 self esteem 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 everything is possible if we fight for it4 FORGIVENESS meeting the author in person and reading his book helped me to open my heart towards forgiveness and generosity5 CONFLICTS IN DETROIT I was a total ignorant about how drugs operate within a city in the US Realities in each country are different and I used to think here it was the same than in Chile where I'm from when is not Yes there are similarities but Chile has just 17 million people so you can control what's going on in such a small country I hope you can visit Chile one day BTWI wanna thank you again for your honesty to tell your story not many people got the courage you have Thank you for choosing to be light for yourself and for us

  2. J Beckett J Beckett says:

    Title Writing My Wrongs Life Death and Redemption in an American PrisonPublished March 8 2016Author Shaka Senghor288 PagesThe Review Writing My WrongsShaka Senghor's memoir Writing My Wrongs exemplifies an emotional exposé riddled with confessions that enlighten the audience and gives a human face to the incarcerated What I was expecting was another book of distorted and dehumanizing criminology basking in some super imposed and caustically tainted surreal world The thing is I got that and much much than I imagined I got an understandingThe book is straight forward no smoke and mirrors optical illusions or sleight of hand There is no need for advanced degrees or unabridged dictionaries Needed is an open mind and the desire to delve into the place that is misunderstood Senghor writes from the heart; from a place that he didn't know existed and because of that discovery the sincerity pours from every pageSenghor writesI STARED AT THE BATTLE SCARRED IMAGE IN FRONT OF ME AND KNEW I NEEDED TO BEGIN THE LONG TEDIOUS PROCESS OF MAKING PEACE WITH MY PAST I OPENED UP DEEP WOUNDS THAT HAD BEEN STUFFED WITH THE GAUZE OF ANGER AND SELF HATRED I FORGAVE ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAD TEASED ME IN MY CHILDHOOD MAKING FUN OF MY JACK O' LANTERN SIZED HEAD BY CALLING ME PUMPKIN I FORGAVE EVERYONE WHO HAD MADE FUN OF MY GAP TOOTHED SMILE I RAN MY HAND THROUGH MY LONG DREADLOCKS AND FORGAVE EVERYONE WHO EVER CALLED ME NAPPY HEADED MAKING ME FEEL INSECURE ABOUT THE CROWN MY CREATOR HAD BESTOWED UPON ME THE WORDS FROM MY PAST RICOCHETED AROUND IN MY MIND LIKE ERRANT BULLETS HURTING NO LESS NOW THAN THEY HAD BACK THEN Senghor's tale is a familiar one; familiar perhaps if you're a part of the PoC planet Familiar even if you have never lived on that planet It is inherent; spiritual transcending caste gender and often race We just understand it better than most His introduction reveals that there's a depth to the mentality of the convicted a depth he knew long before the was behind barsI OPENED UP DEEP WOUNDS THAT HAD BEEN STUFFED WITH THE GAUZE OF ANGER AND SELF HATREDHe was the victim since birth of suspicion profiling and humanity; viewed as sub human and uestioned so vehemently that he eventually uestioned himself The beauty is that Senghor did not sweeten the story; he told it from the guts and grime of his grim reality He gave the reader while walking them through chambers of secrets the gore and the glorified details but accepted responsibility for his actions; holding himself accountable while seeking something greater than himself And because he was so viewed he opted to fulfill the illusionShaka Senghor explains where and how his psychological odyssey began; of how his mother kicked him out of their home how he solicited money from strangers to eat and laid his head wherever his head was allowed to lay He besieged us with a profile of how desperate measures and the need to be a part of some greater ensemble leads to unimaginable outcomes The reader is made cognizant of matters that draw the path to desperation Was he always desperate? I cannot say that he was nor can it be accurately surmised if the lifestyle he chose was fulfilling some greater void Perhaps the transformation from pauper to low level prince provided him a false sense of prosperity and worthiness But he eually tells of the functionality and normality of his childhood home He states that the arguments between his mother and father were perhaps no different than those in any other household until his parent decided to separateWHEN HE FINALLY EXPLAINED THAT HE WOULD BE MOVING TO A PLACE IN HIGHLAND PARK THAT COMING WEEKEND ALL KINDS OF THOUGHTS BEGAN FLOWING THROUGH MY YOUNG MIND THOUGHTS ABOUT MY FATHER AND ALL THAT HE MEANT TO OUR HOUSEHOLD I THOUGHT ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS AND HOW HE WOULD ORGANIZE US KIDS TO PUT UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE I THOUGHT ABOUT HOW HE WOULD GIVE US AN ALLOWANCE EVERY OTHER SATURDAY SO THAT WE COULD GO SKATING AT ROYAL SKATELAND I THOUGHT ABOUT THE SOUND OF HIM PULLING INTO THE DRIVEWAY EACH NIGHT AT APPROXIMATELY 1145 PM WHEN HE GOT OFF WORKI WAS SCARED IT WAS AS THOUGH EVERYTHING THAT SYMBOLIZED FAMILY AND STABILITY HAD BEEN SUCKED OUT OF THE ROOMFear was a lingering theme an irrefutable manta Senghor was afraid even when he showed no fear murder solitary confinement and parole review boards He was afraid of being a better student a better son a better father and a better man Issues that festered in his community settled in his head and left him figuratively sitting shoeless on the curb with officers standing at the ready my words He wanted what everyone else wanted yet circumstances of his own creation disallowed him the opportunityIt was the murder he committed that seemed to be his free fall spiral of change As a convicted murderer the confinement was real The long prison sentence would have only two outcomes Constructive or Destructive He initially took the common road but the practice was not worth the punishment So he changed course; he discovered books discovered words rediscovered himself and began to write Fear redirected his path strongly dictated his destiny allowed him to succeed in prison made him invisible and ultimately made him a writer Fear saved his lifeShaka Senghor made many people those who have read his book and those who have listened to his lectures realize that there exists a human being beneath the orange yellow green gray or black and white striped jumpsuits He needed to forgive and be forgiven to love and be deeply loved in return Indeed hardened men abound behind bars but emotions are often powerful than circumstance When all seemed lost he found forgiveness and a ride or die love Emotions carried him throughRead Writing the Wrongs Get entangled in its complex web and enlighten yourself with what might otherwise be dark It is a redemption song; a symphony of hope and even if it doesn't perfectly fit in your idea of good literature worth excavating for its many hidden treasures

  3. Whitney Whitney says:

    Full post at Form Review Author Shaka Senghor provides an insightful look into prison life contextualizing it with personal anecdotes from his youth Purposeful and inspirational readers learn exactly how one learns to love and forgive after committing murderFive years into his sentence for a murder resulting from a drug interaction gone awry author Shaka Senghor received a letter Sent from the victim’s godmother the letter expressed both her forgiveness of his transgression and her hope that he found peaceTonight I had the opportunity to ask where he thought he’d be if he hadn’t received that letter Pausing to think about the uestion his initial reply was a simple “I honestly don’t know” Pausing again he continued by adding that it was this letter that gave him the space and the closure he needed to begin forgiving himself for taking a life The letter “softened his heart” which had been hardened from years on the street compounded by years behindSenghor served almost two decades in prison after being sentenced at 19 years old and spent seven of those in solitary confinement Writing My Wrongs is not an necessarily indictment of his sentence; he admits having committed the crime and takes responsibility for his actions Instead Senghor uses his story to illustrate the linkages between his youth and his adulthood Readers are taken through his disappointment with his on again off again parents his fear as a 14 year old entrenched in drug dealing and his shame at his 11 year old son finally finding out why he was incarceratedDisappointment fear and shame were dominant feelings in his youth but Senghor develops passion as an adult Senghor– passion to do right by his sons and his fellow inmates Listening to Senghor speak tonight all that remained was an overwhelming sense of purpose He spoke elouently about his position on prison related policies such as President Obama’s effort to reduce youths in solitary confinement But he also got into the nitty gritty Into subjects those who haven’t spent excessive time in prison wouldn’t know to discuss Recounting his last few days of imprisonment Senghor recalls that only began to really receive help preparation for his release 60 days prior “Nineteen years in jail and they give you 60 days to get your life together” he said before detailing how things like this play into high American recidivism ratesLiteracy– not prison saved Senghor Long days and nights in prison repeatedly bested him further and further away from the moral code he’d hoped to live by If nothing else Writing My Wrongs shows that prison life brings out the best in nobody Reading books such as the Autobiography of Malcolm X and even religious texts such as the Bible were what grounded him Writing was eually as powerful allowing him to connect the dots between his past adolescent anger and his current adult fury When he finally got out of prison writing is how he decided he would make a differenceI gave this book a 4 out of 5 Those with an interest in mass incarceration issues and other issues associated with poverty and drugs should put this at the top of your list It’s mandatory However it’s worth stressing that it’s appeal is wider than those with a niche interest such as myself Universal themes such as justice forgiveness and failure not in that order make this a book fit for any shelfAnd hell if Oprah is reading it you should probably at least give the dust cover a skim right? That said check out his interview with Oprah this Sunday on Super Soul Sunday

  4. Nancy Nancy says:

    I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars but ultimately this book is a solid 4 because while it is a compelling engaging 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 in life to help children find a way to express their anger frustration and disappointment without succumbing to violence So read this book for the story itself and for a reality check

  5. Jessica Jessica says:

    I read this book concurrently with Just Mercy and it occurred to me partway through that while I'd read books like that one that dealt with the prison industrial complex bias and wrongful convictions and I'd read books about people held captive for other reasons I hadn't that I could remember read a memoir by a person who served a prison sentence for a crime he fully admits to committing It's one thing to hear the worst case scenarios about prison life from an author trying to shock you into fomenting for change and another to hear about the day after day experience of someone who spent 19 years behind bars It was enlightening in a way no other book I'd read about prisons had beenFor one thing I was surprised at how often Senghor was transferred to a different facility — sometimes because his security level was being lowered or raised but often for no discernible reason I was also fascinated by the ingenuity of the prisoners to devise means of communication even between people in solitary confinement I couldn't believe how easy and common it was for prisoners to make weapons and attack other prisoners I got a better sense of what resources prisoners had access to and how that changed depending on their security level and their behaviorSenghor's story is not a simplistic one day I saw the light and I never misbehaved again narrative though it would likely be condensed as such if someone else was summarizing his story He did have several awakening moments — when he felt responsibility for his son when he learned to forgive himself when he discovered how writing could help him process the trauma of his childhood when he found hope that he might be released — but these were followed by setbacks as he still felt justified in attacking others at times I felt this provided a realistic picture in how hard it was to overcome the patterns that had been ingrained in him since childhoodFor most of the book it flips back and forth from his life in prison to his life on the streets up to the time of his arrest I thought this firsthand account was valuable for understanding why Senghor turned to selling drugs why he chose to carry a gun even why he panicked and shot someone He does not excuse his past behavior but he does provide a full picture that could help dismantle some people's stereotypes about prisoners drug dealers etc I did not find the back and forth to be confusing and I think it was the right choice for a engaging narrative than providing a straightforward chronological narrativeSenghor's writing is pretty good aside from his over the top use of similes which became grating after a while I am interested to read his fiction and see how it compares to his memoir writing I listened to this book on audio narrated by the author and while I got used to his fairly flat affect I would still recommend reading this in printThis gave me a lot to think about and I'm grateful to Senghor for putting together the story of his life and for Whitney for bringing this book to my attention If you've never read a firsthand account of what it's like to serve a long prison sentence this is worth a read

  6. Laila (BigReadingLife) Laila (BigReadingLife) says:

    incredibly readable and engaging Senghor details the circumstances of his life that led to his shooting and killing a man and what it took to redeem himself by both his own standards and society's standards A hard look at what prison life is like and how difficult it is to emerge with your sanity and dignity intact I'm so glad I read this

  7. Karen Karen says:

    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 criminal 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

  8. Jessica White Jessica White says:

    Life Death and Redemption in an American PrisonThat subtitle rings true throughout the entire bookJames White Pumpkin Jay Only 19 years old and his life is about to changeHe knew he was going to prison the night he shot to kill He knew his life was virtually over when he had just made a new one He knew Brenda was going to raise their baby alone while he sat in a prison cell His lawyer promised 10 years but he was sentenced to 40 years behind barsHe had been dealing crack and running around the 'hood since he was 14 He was shot at 17 He killed at 19 He never wanted this life but what else could he do with a mommy that didn't want him and a daddy that was never around? Prison took its toll on Jay But he eventually found himself importantly he finally found the strength to forgive himself and apologize for what he had done He needed closure but that closure didn't find him until almost 10 years into his sentence He was willing to change and for that I applaud him He didn't deserve this life his family didn't deserve it his victim didn't deserve it This memoir is told through alternating past and present We see James become Jay We see who Jay is in prison We see the two personalities slowing merging into one We see why he felt a certain way and why he reacted the way he did He was part of a Brotherhood he felt the need to uphold He wanted to mend the broken and feed the poor He wanted everyone to be accepted within the laws of the jungle That is how he found himselfThrough his brothersThrough his fatherThrough Lil JayThrough EbonyFor that he will always be thankfulBig shout out to Blogging for Books for sending me a copy of Writing My Wrongs Life Death and Redemption in an American PrisonThis review and can be found at A Reader's Diary

  9. Ret Yeager Ret Yeager says:

    While I admire the way this troubled youth found his way back to a normal society I wasn't thrilled with the writing

  10. Emma Paulet Emma Paulet says:

    Reading this while finishing the last season of The Wire made me appreciate just how entrenched 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 eye opener to me because I didn't realise the regularity with which prisoners are transferred I first came across Shaka Senghor through a podcast episode 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

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