The wrongful conviction of five Harlem teenagers will be explored during a movie and discussion Monday, Feb. 22, at St. Bonaventure University.
Dr. Rachel Ann Walsh, visiting assistant professor in the Department of English, and Christopher Brown, director of the First-Year Experience and Orientation programs, will show the documentary “The Central Park Five” at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the auditorium of the William F. Walsh Science Center. The program is free and open to the public.
The movie tells the story of 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 five teens served their complete sentences, between 6 and 13 years, before another man, a serial rapist, admitted to the crime and DNA testing supported his confession. A discussion and question and answer session will follow the movie screening.
Monday’s program is part of the university’s RaceMatters initiative, a campus dialogue on race and ethnicity that feature lectures, movies and discussions designed to drive positive communication about race issues. Those who participate in the events are encouraged to use the hashtag #RaceMatters on social media to share their thoughts.
For a list of all upcoming RaceMatters programs, visit www.sbu.edu/RaceMatters.
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