4.22 Doc+Talk: 25th Anniversary of The Central Park Five *New Location

Can You Stand the Rain by New Edition was my song that early spring!
Not having long graduated from Howard, I was still living in my college town of Washington DC, which at the time was desperate with fear from murder and crack cocaine.

But, back in my home town of New York, fear and the demonization of five young men of color were manufacturing the crime of the century. The media not only demonized The Central Park Five, they dehumanized them, convincing me that they did it. In 2002, the convictions were overturned, and I was ashamed. Ashamed that I believed the hype and didn’t consider it was a cover-up steeped with racist convictions.

Late one night last month, I took a journey down the road of broken social justice as I watched for the first time the documentary – The Central Park Five. After all of these years, I was finally being introduced to the humanity of Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson and Anton McCray. As I grieved for them, I began to forgive myself for not standing up for them. You see, like them, I was blind-sided into believing that the justice system was really seeking justice. If they didn’t do it, surely they would have been found not guilty, right? They were innocent, yet convicted.

It’s with great honor, along with my own selfish desire to fully forgive myself, that RIISE supports the 25th Anniversary of the Central Park Five on April 22.  We thank Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Orinthia Swindell, and Natania Kremer, of Brooklyn Friends School’s office of diversity and service learning, for organizing this screening and discussion. In attendance will be four members of the five and Sarah Burns, co-producer of the film, author of  The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York Citys’s Most Infamous Crimes, a BFS parent.

RIISE is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the event. Join us for this momentous occasion recognizing the Central Park Five as we renew our commitment to social justice.

Plymouth Church Sanctuary
*Brooklyn Friends School-BFS (new location)
375 Pearl Street

Brooklyn, NY
No charge
Must RSVP to guarantee reserved seating

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The organizers show us how it’s connected to curriculum –click here.

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