At age thirty-eight, Senghor was released from prison, where he’d served for nineteen years—seven of them in solitary confinement, which he describes in this powerful memoir. Senghor, whose childhood goal was to become a doctor, read, meditated, and wrote during his time behind bars; once free, he acted on what he’d learned about atonement and forgiveness, becoming a mentor to youth at risk for drugs or crime, and working for social change with organizations including the MIT Media Lab and the Atonement Project. He is currently the director of Strategy and Innovation with #cut50, whose goal is to reduce the U.S. prison population safely and responsibly by 2025.
Senghor will be in conversation with Van Jones, a CNN political commentator and founder of founder of Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.
March 9, 6:30 p.m.| Busboys and Poets 14 & V2021 14th Street NW| D.C. 20009