Writing My Wrongs - Shaka Senghor

Writing My Wrongs

By Shaka Senghor

  • Release Date: 2016-03-08
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 121 Ratings


New York Times bestseller from a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100. 

An 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 power of God’s Grace

    By Santi123qrqtues
    Thank you for being so honest, sharing your story was a brave choice. We all have our path, yours is inspiring
  • Awesome Book! Buy it now!

    By LaluB03
    Mr. Shaka is a great author. You will have a new outlook on how prisoners should be treated in this failure of a criminal justice system. Most importantly you will have a new sense of HOPE for change!
  • !

    By food bag
    So inspiring, so needed
  • Great Read

    By LisaMcDaniel
    Riveting! From the first page this book grabs you and brings you through the journey of this young man and now an inspirational adult. I enjoyed every page!
  • great book

    By mr.detroit313
    top 3 books ive read. detroit vs everybody
  • Captivating story that everyone should read

    By ErinofWoof
    I teach in a prison program, and I'm always hunting for books to read to help me better relate to what my students are going through. I finished it in two days. Couldn't put it down. Thank you for sharing your journey.
  • Excellent!!

    By mganthony
    Extremely well-written, this book is a page-turner filled with moments of sorrow, anger, excitement and disappointment. His story is captivating. His personal insight revelatory. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
  • Writing my Wrongs

    By Dvandal
    Good book. Captivating. Gives me a perspective of my students that I only peripherally thought about. Was hoping that he would have made contact with the victims after he got out. If he did he never said. Would have been interesting.
  • Writing My Wrongs

    By Demetrius Nechole
    As a child of a parent who was incarcerated, that book really touches on major issues in the black community. Great read!!!!
  • Writing My Wrong

    By Bernarddoxc
    I recently saw Shakur on OWN being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey . I learnt about this book then and I was eager to purchase it. I ordered it the same day. It is such an interesting book and the author is such a great story teller . I was so sorry when the book ended. Thanks Oprah for bringing this wonderful author to my attention .