Mr. Yusef Bunchy Shakur (YBS) is a father, author, leader, bookstore/café owner, community organizer/activist, educator and public speaker.
Shakur captures the essence of what life was like for a misguided, gang banging teenage boy who was raised by an alcohol and addicted mother and a incarcerated father. He still remains a survivor and a progressive, positive force to be reckoned with!
After serving 9 years in prison, Shakur became instrumental in making significant contributions to the betterment of his community. These contributions derive from his personal commitment to “Restore the Neighbor Back to the ‘Hood.” Remaining true to his commitment by opening up a bookstore/café in his neighborhood, also he has organized various community initiatives and events in and around the City of Detroit during the past 11 years. They include, but are not limited to, providing backpacks and school supplies to more than 1000 children over the last four years. Shakur values education and has furthered his own by earning an Associate’s Degree.
In his first book, “The Window 2 My Soul”, he takes you inside prison walls, where he met his father for the 1st time, who ultimately transformed his life. Shakur’s story serves as a catalyst for redemption and transformation.
This book has been taught in classes at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Wayne State University, Wayne County Community College and Merritt College in Oakland, California, as well as numerous public schools throughout the state of Michigan. In his 2nd book “My Soul Looks Back”, he pulls you deeper inside the depths of his soul, which invites you to explore his decade long journey through the many challenges he faced trying to reintegrate back into society as a redeemed human being.
He has been regarded as one of the most thought provoking and outspoken voices of his generation. Shakur’s voice can often be heard in auditoriums and class rooms in major universities, public schools, churches and community events across the country. He has been featured in a multitude of television programs, newspapers and radio outlets from WJLB’s “Girl, Bye!”, Mason Radio on 107.5 FM, the Craig Fahle Show on 101.9 FM, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Michigan Citizen, the Michigan Chronicle, Fox 2’s “Let It Rip” and the international radio program BBC World Service.
Shakur has been widely recognized for his community work with such awards as the Volunteer of the Year Award 2004, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s Social Activist Award 2008, the Silent Hero Award 2009, the Leaders, Legends & Luminaries Award 2010, the Local Hero Award 2010, the Malcolm X Award 2010, the 10 Years of Freedom Award 2011 and the (Black Men Engagement ( BME) Award 2012.
Widely recognized in the Detroit community and beyond; YBS has also received a “Special Tribute” from Congressman Hansen Clarke, State Representative Fred Durhal and Senator Bert Johnson; “Testimonial Resolution’s” and the “Spirit of Detroit” awards from the Detroit City Council and Wayne County Commissioners.”
For more information visit my website www.yusefshakur.org Or call: ( 313) 459 -6008