Author, Speaker, Mentor, Leader
Shaka Senghor is a writer, mentor and motivational speaker who has shared his story of redemption with youth and adults across the country.
While serving nineteen years in prison, Shaka Senghor transformed his life and began writing about his experiences in the streets and in prison in order to help youth who were headed down the same destructive path that led him to prison. Once he returned home in 2010, he began mentoring and speaking to audiences at schools, juvenile detention centers, and universities about his journey.
Despite the crime he was convicted of or the lengthy sentence he served, Shaka refuses to allow his past to define who he is or what he’s capable of.
Oprah Winfrey has referred to her interview with Shaka for Super Soul Sunday as “one of the best I’ve ever had—not just in my career, but in my life… His story touched my soul.” Shaka’s TED Talk, which he delivered at TED’s 30th Anniversary Conference, received a standing ovation and has been viewed more than 1.2 million times; TED featured his talk in its “Year in Ideas” roundup, a collection of the most powerful TED Talks of 2014.