Yusef B. Shakur
Yusef Bunchy Shakur is an author, father, youth mentor, speaker, community organizer and bookstore owner. He has overcome the odds of growing up in a fatherless home with an abusive and alcoholic mother. This lifestyle led to a notorious street gang; which contributed to his imprisonment at age 19. During incarceration, he became acquainted with his estranged father, who played an integral role in Yusef’s development from a hardened criminal into a responsible adult. Released after 9 years in prison, Shakur was determined to make a difference in his community. His contributions derived from his personal mission to “Restore the Neighbor Back to the Hood.” He has organized community events in the City of Detroit. Shakur's epic journey is told in the critically acclaimed documentary, Detroit’s Native Son. He is co-founder of Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement (FICPM). He travels sharing his story at workshops, trainings and lectures and has numerous awards as an agent of change.