On this Saturday’s show, we’ll be joined by Shaka Senghor, the author of the New York Times bestseller Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison. A recent Detroit-based fellow at MIT’s Media Lab, Senghor was released from prison in 2010, after serving 19 years for second-degree murder, a crime which he admitted to having committed at the age of 19, two years after having been shot multiple times himself in drug deal gone bad. It was during a four-and-a-half-year stint in solitary confinement for a physical altercation with a corrections officer that Senghor, who had been an honors student in East Detroit before running away from an abusive household at the age of 14, decided to try his hand at writing. His most recent book, Writing My Wrongs, which is about his path toward redemption, has taken him these past few weeks from Oprah to the The Daily Show, and, on Saturday, he’ll be here at the AM 1700 studio to discuss redemption, atonement, and prison reform, among other things. [Senghor was in D.C. this afternoon for a White House briefing on “Life After Clemency”.]
For those of you who have never heard Senghor speak about the experiences that led him to prison, and the events which then brought him to where he is today, working in Detroit to make sure that other young people don’t find themselves in prison, here’s a video from a 2014 TED talk titled, Why Your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You.
[At the end of the video, you’ll here Senghor mention Calvin Evans, who we’ve had on the show before to talk about his work within Ann Arbor’s Urban Ashes to give ex-felons a second chance. Well, if all works according to play, Evans will be joining us in the studio during this episode as well.]
Then, during out 7:00 hour, we’ll be joined by Ann Arbor civil rights attorney Dick Soble, who I’ve always wanted to just sit and have a beer with. I’m sure we’ll talk about his long career in civil rights, the state of the Michigan court system today, and his thoughts on both judicial and prison reform. [Soble, who was a managing partner at the Detroit law firm of Goodman, Eden Millender & Bedrosian, today focuses is in the area of alternate dispute resolution and arbitration.] I don’t think I’m exaggerating at all when I say that Dick is one of the most thoughtful human beings I have ever had the pleasure of encountering, and I’m excited to introduce him to those of you who have never had the pleasure.
And, in our final segment, we’ll talk with local filmmaker Donald Harrison about his most recent project, a documentary about about downtown Ann Arbor’s alternative high school, Commie High. Here, if you’ve yet to see it, is the teaser reel that Harrison posted a few days ago on Kickstarter in hopes of raising the $45,000 necessary to complete the film. [As of today, with two weeks left, Harrison has raised almost $17,000.]
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