Dr. Yusef Salaam is a member of the “Exonerated Central Park Five”, a group of black and Latino teens falsely convicted of the brutal attack and rape of a young woman on April 19, 1989. The case was devastatingly depicted in this year’s Emmy-nominated series “When They See Us”. Since his innocence was proven, Dr. Salaam has become a board member of The Innocence Project, a national social justice leader and advocate for criminal justice overhaul. In this special program, Dr. Salaam spoke about his work, the power of faith and the prospects for true justice in America today.
The Nov. 19, 2019 event was coordinated by the Yale Chaplain’s Office and the Muslim Life Program, Dwight Hall at Yale’s Muslim Leadership Lab and supported by the Afro-American Cultural Center, The Office of the Secretary and Vice-President of Student Affairs, Office of Community Equity at Yale Divinity School, Asian American Cultural Center, Yale College Council, La Casa and the Race Indigeneity and Transnational Migration (RITM) Program at Yale.