On Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 7:00 PM, the Cultural Events Board will host, from the Exonerated Five, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. Doors for the event will open at 6:00 pm. Tickets are not required for this event.
On the night of April 19, 1989, a young woman was brutally attacked and raped in Central Park, NY. She had no memory of the assault. Five boys were tried and convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. At the time, the defendants were between 14 and 16 years of age.
Many years later, the convictions of the five men were overturned. 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 five men became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.”
Yusef Salaam, was only 15 years old when his life changed forever. Since his release, Yusef 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.
Santana was only 14 years old when he was wrongfully convicted. Santana now works closely with the Innocence Project and is a member of the New York City Justice League. He owns the clothing company Park Madison NYC, named after his home city of New York.
Now known as “The Exonerated Five,” the group has been committed to advocating and educating people on the disparities in America’s criminal justice system.