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Shaka Senghor takes message of redemption to Dallas for Comerica event

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New York Times bestselling author Shaka Senghor, 43, is delivering a message designed to resonate with all in attendance called, “Your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You,” on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Highland Hills Library, 6200 Bonnie View Rd in Dallas.

The free empowerment and financial literacy series is hosted by Comerica Bank in partnership with Everfi and the National Association of Black Accountants – DFW Chapter.

At age 19, the father of a son turned to drug dealing for his livelihood. One day, his life took another turn for the worse, he started his 19-year prison in 1991 for second-degree murder.

Having served his entire sentence, Shaka Senghor was released. But he was a changed man, he made a major transformation. In his memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison

He has become one of the most prominent faces of a celebrity-backed national initiative called #cut50, which is seeking to cut the staggering two million-strong American prison population in half over the next 10 years. It is an astonishing ambition, but Senghor is an astonishing man.

Presented by Comerica, the Empower Series is a FREE monthly financial coaching and counseling workshop series. Each month, a local or national guest speaker is brought in to share inspiring stories of empowerment and tips on various financial literacy topics.

“We’re honored to bring in a speaker of Shaka Senghor’s caliber and help share his message with children and adults in our community,” Irv Ashford, Comerica’s senior vice president of external affairs and national director of financial literacy, said in a statement to brunch. “Like all the Empower Series events, this event is free and open to the community, and we encourage parents to bring their children to hear Shaka’s powerful message about how our past deeds don’t limit the value of our future contributions.”

The Empower Series is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to register, visit