Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor

Senior Fellow with the Dream Corps, and President/Creative Director of Mind Blown Media

Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform, a Senior Fellow with the Dream
Corps, and President/Creative Director of Mind Blown Media. 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 as well as The Washington Post Best Seller List. An
unforgettable tale of forgiveness and second chances, Writing My Wrongs reminds us that our
worst deeds don’t define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. Shaka’s story has
inspired thousands and serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and
unconditional love.

Oprah Winfrey has referred to her interview with Shaka for SuperSoul 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 30 th Anniversary Conference, received a standing ovation
and has been viewed more than 1.3 million times; TED later featured his talk in its “Year in
Ideas” roundup, a collection of the most powerful TED Talks of 2014.

Shaka has been a guest on CNN , CBS This Morning , The Daily Show with Trevor Noah , Good Day
New York , NewsOne Now with Roland Martin , and C-SPAN’s After Words . He has also been a
guest on numerous radio programs, including All Things Considered , The Lenny Lopate Show ,
The Maggie Linton Show , and Power 105.1 with Angie Martinez .

Shaka is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 EBONY Power100, 2016 Ford
Man of Courage, 2016 NAACP Great Expectations Award, the 2015 Manchester University
Innovator of the Year, and the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He was
recently recognized by OWN 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 was
also a 2014 TED Prize finalist for The Atonement Project, is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s
Fellow, and a current Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community
Leadership Network. He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of
redemption around the world.