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Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five

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Your Inner Blueprint Your GIFT

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Yusef Salaam is one of the exonerated men of the Central Park Five. On April 19th 1989, at just 15 yrs of age, he along with 4 other young boys were being falsely arrested for the horrific crime of rape. The victim had no memory of the incident; and these boys, from 14 - 16 yrs old, had no prior arrest records. They later became known as the ‘Central Park 5’, victims themselves in New York City’s historical “Central Park Jogger Case.”

Yusef relives the effect that this case had on his life as the police sporadically rounded him up. All five were tried and convicted.  In May 2002, Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist and murdered, admitted he was the sole attacker of the jogger.  On December 19th 2002, the convictions of The Central Park 5 were overturned. For more information please click here: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/