My parents were high school sweethearts and married young. By the time I was born, their marriage was disintegrating. As a little girl I witnessed my parents’ brutal verbal and physical fights, fueled by my father’s alcoholism. Then my father tried to kill my mother.

I was determined not to repeat the mistakes of my parents—I would have a fairytale love—but I found myself drawn to bad boys: men who cheated; men who verbally abused me; men who disappointed me. Fed up, I swore to wait for the partner God had chosen for me.

Then I met Shaka Senghor. I felt an intense spiritual connection, but I struggled with the idea that this man behind bars for murder could be the good love God had for me. 


Through letters and visits, Shaka and I fell deeply in love and started preparing for our happily-ever-after. Once Shaka came home, I thought the worst was behind us. But Shaka’s release was the beginning of the end.

"The Love Prison Made and Unmade" reveals powerful lessons about love, sacrifice, courage, and forgiveness; of living your highest principles and learning not to judge someone by their worst acts. Ultimately, it is a stark reminder of the emotional cost of American justice on human lives—the partners, wives, children, and friends—beyond the prison walls.

© 2020 Ebony Roberts