Welcome back. Today we have e the distinguished Yusef Bunchy Shakur in the The Hotseat. LaSuria has some I retesting questions, and we are in for some entertaining and life learned information. Grab a chair and let's join the interview.
He has presented at Harvard and Standford University, Chicago Ideas Week and featured in the production Broken Mirriors: Bullies and Bystanders. His 2008 critically self-published memoir, “The Window 2 My Soul,” has been used as a requried reading at several universities, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Central Michigan University. Since being home from prison over 14 years Shakur has dedicated his life to community-based initiatives such as distributing more than 8,000 school children with backpacks filled with school supplies at his annual school supply event held at his mother’s house in his neighborhood of Zone 8 as well as providing free food to all the families in attendance.
He’s organized and develpoed mentoring programs, community forums, promoted literacy, fostered gang intervention and organized events such as the Urban Community Peace and Justice Summit, the State Emergency of the Urban Youth and the monthly People’s Survival Program of feeding and clothing the people. He opened a Detroit bookstore, the Urban Network, which operated as a community center as well and has toured as a speaker for public schools locally and nationally. For his work, the Knight Foundation honored him with a 2012 Black Male Engagement Leadership Award and a grant to provide literacy classes, digital training and school supplies. He also was named a Best Community Leader finalist in Steve Harvey’s 2012 Hoodie Awards. Shakur also penned “My Soul Looks Back,” the sequel to his first memoir, and published, “Scribes of Redemption” a memoir of letters and lessons from his father.
His life story of transformation also is featured in the documentary, “Detroit’s Native Son.” He is featured in the critical accliam book “Reach: 40 Black Men Speaking On Living, Leading and Succeding” that has taken the American nation by storm . He has been a Huffington Post Detroit contributor. His message and story has been shared on numerous television and radio shows, and he has been featured on International and National Public Radio, BBC, CBS Detroit, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Michigan Citizen, an Chronicle, the Michigand Black America Web. He resides in Detroit, where he is busy raising his own son and running his company YBS Consulting, LLC. Visit him at www.yusefshakur.org.Please enjoy the interview and leave a shout out in the comments.
The Windows To My Soul. A close look at my life, growing up in the City of Detroit. My involvement in the streets.
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I am just making a difference.
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