Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Archie M. Griffin East Ballroom
On the night of April 19, 1989, a young woman was brutally attacked in Central Park. When she recovered, she had no memory of the assault. Five teens, including Raymond Santana and Dr. Yusef Salaam, were tried and wrongfully 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. They became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.” On December 19, 2002, 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 who confessed. 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. The investigation of this conviction has raised questions regarding police coercion and false confessions, as well as the vulnerability of juveniles during police interrogations.
Raymond Santana tweeted award-winning director Ava DuVernay about the story of the Central Park Five, which led to it becoming the subject of the hit Netflix series, When They See Us. 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.
Since his release, Dr. Yusef 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. In 2013, documentarians Ken and Sarah Burns released the documentary The Central Park Five, which told of this travesty from the perspective of Yusef and his cohorts. He was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in 2018.
- Time: Doors open at 6:00PM. Event begins at 7:00PM.
- Location: Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom
- Event Format: Moderated Q&A followed by an audience Q&A.
- Ticket Policy: Tickets and valid BuckID are required for entry. 2 per BuckID. Seats will be on a first come, first served basis. Tickets do not guarantee entrance to the event.
- Transportation: Most students walk to the venue. As always, ride sharing services are an option.
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