An Evening with Yusef Salaam

His story was told on When They See Us, a Netflix series that follows 5 young men of color who were wrongfully convicted for the Central Park jogger case. Join UPB as he talks about his experience and racial injustice in America. Doors open at 6:30pm.

As an exonerated African-American man and an influential transformational speaker, Yusef has traveled all around the United States and the Caribbean to deliver influential lectures and facilitate insightful conversations as he continues to touch lives and raise important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable juveniles, and fundamental human rights.

Since his release more than 20 years ago, Yusef has become a family man, father, poet, activist, and inspirational speaker. He has committed himself to advocate and educate people on the issues of mass incarceration, police brutality and misconduct, false confessions, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system, especially for young men of color.

His most recent awards have included a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama (2016), an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Anointed by God Ministries Alliance & Seminary (2014), and a long list of Proclamations – most notably from New York State Senate (2018), and New York City Council (2013).

The Department of Student Life‘s Campus Programs is hosting a screening and discussion of the Netflix series When They See Us, prior to this event.

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