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TICKETED VIRTUAL EVENT: Yusef Salaam, Better, Not Bitter
May 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
VIRTUAL TICKETED EVENT: Yusef Salaam, one of the wrongfully incarcerated Central Park Five, will discuss his powerful new book, Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice. This event is cosponsored by NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch.
Salaam’s memoir is an inspiring story that grew out of one of the gravest miscarriages of justice, one that not only speaks to a moment in time or the rage-filled present, but reflects a 400-year history of a nation’s inability to be held accountable for its sins. Yusef Salaam’s message is vital for our times, a motivating resource for enacting change. Better, Not Bitter has the power to soothe, inspire and transform. It is a galvanizing call to action.
Yusef Salaam is the inspirational speaker and prison reform activist, who, at age fourteen was one of the five teenage boys wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison in the Central Park jogger case. In 1997, he left prison as an adult to a world he didn’t fully recognize or understand. In 2002, the sentences for the Central Park Five were overturned, and all Five were exonerated for the crime they didn’t commit.
Yusef now travels the world as an inspirational speaker, speaking about the effects of incarceration and the devastating impact of disenfranchisement. He is an advocate and educator on issues of mass incarceration, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in the criminal justice system, especially for men of color.