Study Guide

Sekou in Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison

By Shaka Senghor


Sekou (Shaka's son) is just a baby when the book ends, but he gives Shaka something he's desperately longing for: the chance to be an active parent who is present in his son's life. Or, as Shaka says:

I knew I could never make up for the time I had missed with my two older children, but I was determined to be the best father I could be to Sekou. (26.25)

Shaka and Ebony decide on the name "Sekou Akili," which means "scholarly warrior." (26.25) The name carries so much great symbolism. It brings to mind the way learning and study transformed Shaka, and also Shaka's eventual triumph in the long fight against racism, tough circumstances, and his own struggles. It sounds like Shaka and Ebony hope their son will fight against the challenges in his life with wisdom and learning.

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