Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father's Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom (A FAN Program with Shaka Senghor)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Shaka Senghor, author of the new book, Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father's Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom. Senghor will be interviewed by Lolly Bowean. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Letters to the Sons of Society from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Senghor that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: 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.

About the Author: Shaka 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 and the 2022 book Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father's Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom. Senghor is a former MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow, a former fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Community Leadership Network, and a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100. In the decade since his release from prison, he has started and worked with nonprofits seeking to lift people up, visited the White House, been interviewed by Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey, given award-winning TED talks, and tirelessly worked to help create the personal and societal change we need for a more inspired, just, fulfilling future.

About the Interviewer: Lolly Bowean is a writer, an award-winning journalist and community storyteller. She currently manages the Journalism portfolio with the Creativity and Free Expression team at the Ford Foundation. Before joining Ford, she curated the Media & Storytelling portfolio at the Field Foundation. Bowean worked as a general assignment reporter at the Chicago Tribune for more than 15 years and had a particular focus on urban affairs, youth culture, housing, minority communities and government relations. She has been published in Chicago Magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Lenny Letter, and Longreads. She was a 2017 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is a Studs Terkel Award winner. In 2019, she became the first African-American awarded the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award. In 2020, she was awarded the Anne Keegan Award for excellence in writing about the common man. She is a Pulitzer Prize nominated writer who lives on the South Side of Chicago.

Event date: 

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom Webinar!
Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father's Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593238011
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Convergent Books - January 18th, 2022

The New York Times bestselling author of Writing My Wrongs invites men everywhere on a journey of honesty and healing through this book of moving letters to his sons—one whom he is raising and the other whose childhood took place during Senghor's nineteen-year incarceration.