Dr. Yusef Salaam Gailliot Center 11/12/2019 7:00:00 PM
Dr. Yusef Salaam
Of the exonerated five formally known as the Central Park Five
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Rosemary Heyl Theater, Antonian Hall
Free and Open to the public
Advanced Registration is required by November 8.
ON APRIL 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life
was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City’s Central
Park. Five boys—four Black and one Latino—were tried and
convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city.
They became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.”
Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending
between seven and thirteen years of their lives behind bars.
The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case, unlinked
to any of the five, had finally met its owner: a convicted murderer
and serial rapist who confessed. The convictions of the boys,
now men, were overturned and they were exonerated. One of
those boys, Yusef Salaam, was just 15 years old when his life
was upended and changed forever.
Since his release, Salaam has committed himself to advocating
and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police
brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law,
and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system.
Salaam was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2014 and
received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016
from President Barack Obama.
Salaam was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in
2018, and released a Netflix limited series called When They
See Us based on the true story of The Central Park Five with Ava
DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro, in May of 2019.
Proudly sponsored by the Social Justice Institutes and the Atkins Center for Ethics.
For more information contact Ryan Scott, Director, Social Justice Institute.
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