Shaka Senghor: American Convicted Murderer, Author, and Lecturer

Perkins Student Center MPR/Perkins Student Center Auditorium

In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he lectures at many universities, is a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. 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 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 19, fuming with anger and despair.

As Senghor has stated, serving 19 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections, including more than five years in solitary confinement, Senghor is very familiar with the inner workings of prison and the politics that play out on the state level and inside the prison walls. From his experience, there are two things he knows for sure: 1) prisons are a business and 2) prisons do not rehabilitate. In addition to these topics, he will cover issues like overcoming seemingly impossible odds, breaking out of self-imposed prisons, getting out and staying out, and avoiding the snares of imprisonment for youth. Individuals with disabilities are welcome.

Shaka Senghor will be speaking at 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call 610-396-6076 for information.