Shaka Senghor


Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform, President of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition
(ARC) and President / Creative Director of Inside The Cell, LLC. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life,
Death and Redemption in an American Prison, was released in March 2016 and debuted on The New
York Times Best Seller List and The Washington Post Best Seller List.

Shaka is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a former Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. Shaka’s 2014 TED Talk was featured in their “Year
in Ideas” roundup, a curated collection of the years most powerful TED Talks and has over 1.5 million
views.

Shaka is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe)
Leadership Award, the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year Award, the 2016 FORD Man of
Courage Award, and the 2016 NAACP Great Expectations Award. He was recently recognized by OWN
(the Oprah Winfrey Network) as a “Soul Igniter” in the inaugural class of the SuperSoul 100, a dynamic
group of trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the
world around them and encouraging others to do the same. Shaka is a 2016 Ebony Magazine Power 100
Honoree. He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of redemption around the
world. Shaka Senghor was selected as one of 24 icons being featured in the upcoming Smithsonian
Institution Traveling Exhibition Service entitled, Men of Change debuting in the Summer of 2019.