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characters Writing My Wrongs 100 µ In 1991 at the age of nineteen Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man He was a young drug dealer with a uick temper who had been hardened by what he experienced selling drugs on the unforgiving streets of Detroit For years as he served out his sentence for second degree murder he blamed everybody else but himself for the decisIn 1991 at the age of nineteen Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man He was a young drug dealer with a uick temper who had been hardened by what he experienced selling drugs on the unforgiving streets of Detroit For years as he se. 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

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The streets that he was able to get at the root of the anger that led him to prison Through the power of journaling he accepted responsibility for his violent behavior and now uses his experience to help others avoid the same pa. 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

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Writing My WrongsRved out his sentence for second degree murder he blamed everybody else but himself for the decision he made to shoot on that fateful night It wasn't until Shaka started writing about the pain from his childhood and his life on. 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