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Shaka Senghor TEDTalks

Shaka Senghor

Mar 2014

Senghor, an ex-drug dealer out of Detroit, tells a story of being imprisoned for second-degree murder and the redemption that he found while he was in jail through the teachings of Malcolm X and his own writings. He speaks about living a life that is not defined by his past and how we too can come to accept our past and that of others.

My journey is a unique journey, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Anybody can have a transformation if we create the space for that to happen. So what I’m asking today is that you envision a world where men and women aren’t held hostage to their pasts, where misdeeds and mistakes don’t define you for the rest of your life. I think collectively, we can create that reality, and I hope you do too.

Shaka Senghor: Why your worst deeds don't define you