Mr. James Shaka Senghor A White

National Outreach Coordinator

Focus Areas

Racial Equity & Healing
African-American / Black Communities
Criminal Justice Reform

Authored Resources

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
March 7, 2016


Shaka Senghor is National Representative for BMe. He is a writer, mentor and motivational speaker whose story of redemption has inspired youth, educators and young adults at high schools and universities across the nation. He is the founder of the Atonement Project as well as the Live In Peace Digital and Literary Arts Project, he is an inaugural 2012 BMe Leader. In 2013 he became an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. Senghor co-teaches a class at U of M, and has given TEDX Talks including doing a talk at TED’s 30 year anniversary in March of 2014. While serving nineteen years in prison, Shaka discovered his love for writing. He has written six books, including his memoir Writing My Wrongs, released February 2013. He is the author of the highly addictive detective series Crack: Volume 1 and Crack: Volume 2, and most recently published a book of his writings entitled Live in Peace: A Youth Guide to Turning Hurt into Hope, a companion piece to his mentoring program. Shaka has worked with youth at the Detroit Job Corps, Cod HighSchool, Don Bosco Hall, Youthville, Osborn High School Henry Ford High School, and Tri-County Educational Center. He has lectured at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville, the University of Michigan, Fordham University, Wayne State University, Marygrove College, and Pace University, and is an invited guest on local radio and television programs.