Shaka Senghor has lived the life of two fathers. With his first son, Jay, born shortly after Senghor was incarcerated for second-degree murder, he experienced the regret of his own mistakes and the disconnection caused by a society that sees Black lives as disposable. With his second, Sekou, born after Senghor’s release, he has experienced healing, transformation, intimacy, and the possibilities of a world where men and boys can openly show one another affection, support, and love.
In Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father’s Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom, a collection of beautifully written letters to Jay and Sekou, Senghor traces his journey as a Black man in America and unpacks the toxic and misguided messages about masculinity, mental health, love, and success that boys learn from an early age. He issues a passionate call to all fathers and sons to cultivate positive relationships with other men, seek healing, tend to mental health, grow from pain, and rewrite the story that has been told about them.
Senghor is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and the New York Times bestselling author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison.
Senghor will be in conversation with Lolly Bowean, a writer, an award-winning journalist, and community storyteller. Bowean currently manages the Journalism portfolio with the Creativity and Free Expression team at the Ford Foundation.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Letters to the Sons of Society from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Senghor that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/letters-sons-society-fathers-invitation-love-honesty-and-freedom-fan-program-shaka-senghor