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Yusef Salaam Speaker & Booking Information

One of the Central Park 5 and Speaker on the Criminal Justice System

Category: Diversity Speakers, Activists, Top Black Keynote Speakers, Law Enforcement Speakers

Speaker’s Fee Range: $20,000 - $30,000
Travels From: Atlanta, GA

About Yusef Salaam

Yusef Salaam Biography

In one of New York City's most recognizable locations, Central Park, a young lady in the prime of her life was viciously raped and left for dead on April 19, 1989. Four black and one Latino juvenile from Harlem were tried and found guilty of the crime in one of the most hysterical trials in the history of the neighborhood. The accused adolescents came to be known as the "Central Park Five," while the lady was called the "Central Park jogger." Yusef Salaam, one of those guys, was just 15 years old when his life was abruptly and irrevocably altered. The sentences of the boys—now men—the Central Park Five were reversed in 2002 after they had spent between seven and thirteen years of their life in prison. A life-sentenced killer and rapist who confessed have admitted to his crimes. The Central Park Five were completely cleared after the unidentified DNA from the Central Park Jogger case—which was not connected to any of the five—met its owner. Ten years later, The Central Park Five, an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns, and her husband David McMahon, presented the story of this catastrophe from Yusef and his associates' point of view. The city of New York settled with the Central Park Five for its egregious injustice against them in September 2014 for a sum in the millions of dollars. He is now working on a Netflix limited series with the Central Park Five, and the four episodes will be written and directed by award-winning Ava DuVernay. Executive producers include Ava DuVernay, Jane Rosenthal, and Berry Welsh of Tribeca Productions, Oprah Winfrey of Harpo Films, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media, and Oprah Winfrey. a 2019 release is anticipated Yusef is eager to tell people about his experience because he wants to inform the public. He emphasizes the value of maintaining one's education, whether it be official or informal, through speaking out against injustice. He also discusses the devastating effects that incarceration and denying voting rights to those who are economically disadvantaged have on their families and the larger community. Yusef is an advocate for significant policy adjustments in the area of the prison industrial complex. He firmly supports the use of video monitoring during all police encounters with alleged criminals, opposes the use of solitary custody for children, and is against the death penalty. Yusef has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the Caribbean to deliver powerful lectures and lead thought-provoking discussions as he continues to touch lives and raise crucial issues regarding race and class, the shortcomings of our criminal justice system, legal safeguards for young people who are at risk, and basic human rights. Yusef is an influential transformational speaker and an exonerated African-American man. He has vowed to speak out and inform people about issues like mass incarceration, police misconduct and brutality, false confessions, press bias and ethics, race and the law, and inequalities in the criminal justice system in America, particularly for young men of color. President Barack Obama's Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Anointed by God Ministries Alliance & Seminary (2014), and a long list of Proclamations, most notably from the New York State Senate (2018) and the New York City Council, are among his most recent honors (2013).

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