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Author, Criminal Justice Reform Activist & Head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion at TripActions

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In 1991, Shaka Senghor entered prison for committing second-degree murder. Today, he’s a best-selling author, lecturer at universities, and leading voice on criminal justice reform.

Senghor is the Head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion at TripActions, Director's Fellow Alumni of the MIT Media Lab, college lecturer, author, and was convicted of murder in American courts. As of October 2015, he also teaches a class as part of the Atonement Project, a partnership between him, the University of Michigan, and the MIT Media Lab. His memoir, "Writing my Wrongs," was published in March 2016. Senghor was named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016.

Raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic, Senghor was an honor roll student and a natural leader who dreamed of becoming a doctor. But at age 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel. The beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home.

On the streets, he quickly turned to drug dealing to survive, running crack houses and getting caught up in the hopelessness of the life that surrounded the epidemic. At 18, he was shot in an altercation in front of his home. By 19, he was in prison for murder, fuming with anger and despair.

During his 19 years incarcerated—including seven in solitary confinement—Senghor began a journey of self reflection, inspired by reading and writing as a means of understanding his past, his present, and his future potential. By embracing forgiveness, hope, and everything that’s possible when you refuse to be defined by your past, he’s become a leading voice on the potential inherent in us all when given support and a second chance.

In the decade since his release, he’s garnered awards and fellowships, lectured at universities, started and worked with nonprofits seeking to lift people up, visited the White House, been interviewed by Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey, given award-winning TED talks, featured in a song with Nas, and tirelessly worked to help create the personal and societal change we need for a more inspired, just, fulfilling future.

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Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, And Redemption In An American Prison

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, And Redemption In An American Prison

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Shaka Senghor Biography

In 1991, Shaka Senghor entered prison for committing second-degree murder. Today, he’s a best-selling author, lecturer at universities, and leading voice on criminal justice reform.

Senghor is the Head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion at TripActions, Director's Fellow Alumni of the MIT Media Lab, college lecturer, author, and was convicted of murder in American courts. As of October 2015, he also teaches a class as part of the Atonement Project, a partnership between him, the University of Michigan, and the MIT Media Lab. His memoir, "Writing my Wrongs," was published in March 2016. Senghor was named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016.

Raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic, Senghor was an honor roll student and a natural leader who dreamed of becoming a doctor. But at age 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel. The beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home.

On the streets, he quickly turned to drug dealing to survive, running crack houses and getting caught up in the hopelessness of the life that surrounded the epidemic. At 18, he was shot in an altercation in front of his home. By 19, he was in prison for murder, fuming with anger and despair.

During his 19 years incarcerated—including seven in solitary confinement—Senghor began a journey of self reflection, inspired by reading and writing as a means of understanding his past, his present, and his future potential. By embracing forgiveness, hope, and everything that’s possible when you refuse to be defined by your past, he’s become a leading voice on the potential inherent in us all when given support and a second chance.

In the decade since his release, he’s garnered awards and fellowships, lectured at universities, started and worked with nonprofits seeking to lift people up, visited the White House, been interviewed by Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey, given award-winning TED talks, featured in a song with Nas, and tirelessly worked to help create the personal and societal change we need for a more inspired, just, fulfilling future.

Shaka Senghor Videos

  • COVID-19: What's happening in US prisons? | Shaka Senghor
    Join Big Think Live for a discussion with human rights advocate and best-selling author Shaka Senghor. Learn how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting...
  • Co-Parenting as Allies, not Adversaries | Ebony Roberts & Shaka...
    Shaka Senghor and Ebony Roberts, who met and fell in love while Shaka was in prison, struggled to navigate their new relationship as co-parents after...
  • Talking Criminal Justice Reform with Shaka Senghor
    New York Times best-selling author and advocate, Shaka Senghor discusses the opportunities and challenges to fixing the criminal justice system at...

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  • How to book Shaka Senghor?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shaka Senghor for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Shaka Senghor, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shaka Senghor or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Shaka Senghor?

    Booking fees for Shaka Senghor, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shaka Senghor, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Shaka Senghor?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shaka Senghor for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shaka Senghor for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shaka Senghor or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shaka Senghor or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Shaka Senghor is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Shaka Senghor for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Shaka Senghor generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nicka Smith, Charlie Alejandro, Sabine Heller, Sarah Evans and Aaron Joy. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shaka Senghor for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Shaka Senghor Speaker Videos

  • COVID-19: What's happening in US prisons? | Shaka Senghor
    Join Big Think Live for a discussion with human rights advocate and best-selling author Shaka Senghor. Learn how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the prison population and why it has been described...
    Co-Parenting as Allies, not Adversaries | Ebony Roberts & Shaka Senghor
    Shaka Senghor and Ebony Roberts, who met and fell in love while Shaka was in prison, struggled to navigate their new relationship as co-parents after their breakup. In spite of their hurt, they...
  • Talking Criminal Justice Reform with Shaka Senghor
    New York Times best-selling author and advocate, Shaka Senghor discusses the opportunities and challenges to fixing the criminal justice system at MBK Rising.
    Writing my wrongs: Shaka Senghor at TEDxMidwest
    "Making the best out of a bad situation." Writer, mentor and motivational speaker, Shaka Senghor gives us a candid, behind the scenes peek into his life leading up to and during his incarceration...

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