Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison Author Shaka Senghor
ISBN-10 1101907312
ISBN-13 9781101907313
Year 2017-01-31
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Convergent Books
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New York Times bestseller from member of Oprah s Super Soul 100 one of World Economic Forum s Most Recommended Books of 2016 Now in paperback the harrowing inspiring and unforgettable memoir of redemption and second chances amidst America s mass incarceration epidemic Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroits east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic An honor roll student and a natural leader he dreamed of becoming a doctorbut at age 11 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 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 self examination and the kindness of otherstools 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 Festival In equal 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 dont define us and a compelling witness to our countrys need for rethinking its approach to crime prison and the men and women sent there theNew York Times Bryan Stevenson Michelle Alexander

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