Writing My Wrongs

Writing My Wrongs Reading Writing My Wrongs Author Shaka Senghor Easyfaroairporttransfers 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 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 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 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 From The Hardcover Edition

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  • 01 June 2018
  • ebook
  • 288 pages
  • 9781101907306
  • Writing My Wrongs
  • Shaka Senghor

10 thoughts on “Writing My Wrongs

  1. 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 feel 1 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 happy.2 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 it.4 FORGIVENESS meeting the author in person and reading his book helped me to open my heart towards forgiveness and generosity.5 CONFLICTS IN DETROIT I was a total ig...

  2. 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 expos , 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 understanding.The 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 page.Senghor writes I 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...

  3. 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 murder.Five 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 peace.Tonight, I had the opportunity to ask where he thought he d be if he hadn t received that letter Pausing to think about the question, 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 behind.Senghor 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 use...

  4. 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...

  5. 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 wit...

  6. Jessica White says:

    Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison.That subtitle rings true throughout the entire book.James White, Pumpkin, Jay Only 19 years old and his life is about to change.He 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 bars.He 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 d...

  7. 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 been.For 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 prisoner...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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. Kathrina says:

    There have been a lot of prison memoirs published over the last decade There is much to be learned from these memoirs, and it s important that there is space for these experiences to be heard, but some are skillfully told than others Senghor is a talented, thoughtful writer who avoids too much sentimentality and portrays his experience critically and with an eye toward criminal justice reform writ large, and not just as it applies to his own story I am teaching a unique course this semester the first at my university that invites campus undergrads and incarcerated college students to co learn together in a prison classroom We ll read one book together as a large group Reading with Patrick A Teacher, a Student, and a Life Changing Friendship and small groups read an additional book, including this one Students are asked to read each title through the lens of the A...

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