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About the Documentary

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. The story of the CENTRAL PARK FIVEraises important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable juveniles, and basic human rights

The Central Park Five

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WSIU in partnership with SIU Center for Inclusive Excellence received a grant from WETA for community engagement in conjunction with the release of Ken and Sarah Burns' new documentary, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE.

The public is invited to a preview of THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE on Sunday, April 14th at 2:30pm in the Carbondale Public Library, located at 405 W. Main. THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE will air locally on the WSIU Channel 8 on Tuesday, April 16th at 8pm. 

In addition to the preview, WSIU and the Black Male Initiative and the Progressive Masculinities Mentors, from the Center for Inclusive Excellence, invite the public to attend the live streaming of "Justice and the Central Park Five"from the New York "TimesTalks" on Wednesday, April 17th at 5:30pm to 7pm in Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library 

New York Times columist, Jim Dwyer will moderate the conversation with Ken and Sarah Burns, and four of the exonerated men, Kevin Richardson,Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, who were falsely charged with raping and beating Tricia Meili, in New York City's Central Park in 1989.

A Q & A session will follow the event, moderated by Nick Bates, SIU graduate in Criminolgy and Criminal Justice.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Vickie Devenport at (618)453-6148.

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