Global Conference 2017
Shaka Senghor is a New York Times best-selling author and leading criminal justice reform advocate dedicated to interjecting a sense of humanity, empathy, and compassion into a system that reduces its people to just numbers. Drawing on his own personal story of incarceration and redemption, Shaka has shifted the perception of millions through his memoir, "Writing My Wrongs." In 1991, Shaka was sent to prison for second-degree murder; he spent the next nineteen years behind bars, seven of which were spent in solitary confinement. Shaka discovered his love for writing, using his gift for words to examine the root causes of violence, fear, and hopelessness, factors that led him to spend much of his youth in a six-by-eight-foot cell. By sharing his story, Shaka has inspired mothers of murder victims to forgive, motivated young people in the streets to choose a college degree over a prison number, and has shifted the thinking of tough-on-crime advocates from the lock-'em-up-throw-away-the-key mentality to believing redemption is possible.