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In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at the University of Michigan, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands.

In 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 eastside during the height of the 1980s’ crack epidemic. An honor-roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but at age eleven, 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 nineteen, 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, and self-examination, tools that 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.

Writing My Wrongs is a redemption story told through a stunningly human portrait of what it’s like to grow up in the gravitational pull of poverty, violence, fear, and hopelessness. It’s an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and hope, one that reminds us that our worst deeds don’t define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. And it’s a lasting testament to the power of compassion, prayer, and unconditional love, for reaching those whom society has forgotten.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one has forced us to look at the core questions about humanity and our broken criminal justice system with more authenticity and clarity than Senghor.”


  • “His story touched my soul.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Extraordinary…You will reconsider everything you’ve ever thought about poverty, the prison industrial complex, and the connection between the two.”


  • “Harrowing…Gritty, visceral… Senghor writes about the process of atonement and…prison reforms that might turn a system designed to warehouse into one aimed at rehabilitation.”

    New York Times

  • “Senghor’s story, laid bare, forces us to ask…If he failed himself in the most profound way, how did the rest of us fail him too?”

    Guardian (London)

  • "[A] powerful memoir.”


  • “What makes this audiobook most enjoyable is its unique combination of story and the author’s narration…Senghor’s timbre is thick and heavy, and he speaks ardently and clearly as he talks about being a black man in the volatile environments of the prison system and the streets. He gives a detailed account of his life, and it is uncomfortable. His tone is most often gruff and direct, but there are warm moments, especially when he speaks of being in love. This is a moving audiobook because it’s the narrator’s own story.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
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