Yusef Salaam promotes value of resilience, faith in MLK Lecture

By: Daniel Aloi,  Cornell Chronicle
Fri, 02/21/2020

Criminal justice activist Yusef Salaam, one of “The Exonerated Five” wrongly accused and convicted in the Central Park jogger case in New York City three decades ago, offered wisdom and hope to students and community members in the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture, Feb. 17 in Sage Chapel.

Salaam and four other teenagers were subjected to intense media coverage starting in 1989, and were known collectively for more than 20 years as “The Central Park Five.” Salaam spent more than six years in jail, first as a youth, then as an adult when he was transferred at age 21 to Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The convictions of all five men were voided in 2002 by the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

In a conversation with Anna Haskins, assistant professor of sociology, Salaam reflected on the experience and what he’d learned from it.

Haskins’ research assesses the effects of parental incarceration on their children’s educational outcomes and engagement in schooling.


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Yusef Salaam speaks to students