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Writing My Wrongs - Life, Death, and One Man's Story of Redemption in an American Prison-logo

Writing My Wrongs - Life, Death, and One Man's Story of Redemption in an American Prison

Shaka Senghor

The New York Times bestseller from the consulting producer of Oprah's Released, this is a 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 Detroit's east side 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 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel, and beatings from his mother worsened, which sent him on a downward spiral. He ran away from home, turned to drug dealing to survive, and ended up in prison for murder at the age of 19, full of 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 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 and a compelling witness to our country's need for rethinking its approach to crime, prison, and the men and women sent there.

The New York Times bestseller from the consulting producer of Oprah's Released, this is a 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 Detroit's east side 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 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel, and beatings from his mother worsened, which sent him on a downward spiral. He ran away from home, turned to drug dealing to survive, and ended up in prison for murder at the age of 19, full of 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 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 and a compelling witness to our country's need for rethinking its approach to crime, prison, and the men and women sent there.
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The New York Times bestseller from the consulting producer of Oprah's Released, this is a 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 Detroit's east side 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 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel, and beatings from his mother worsened, which sent him on a downward spiral. He ran away from home, turned to drug dealing to survive, and ended up in prison for murder at the age of 19, full of 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 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 and a compelling witness to our country's need for rethinking its approach to crime, prison, and the men and women sent there.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 40m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:52


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:24


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:23


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:08


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

02:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:53


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:41


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

02:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:47


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:50


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:39


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

00:34