Yusef Salaam is the entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, author, and member of the Les Brown Maximum Achievement Team.
Punching the Air is a collaboration between author Ibi Zoboi and activist Dr. Yusef Salaam, one of the Exonerated Central Park Five. In this talk, Malika Saada Saar, YouTube's Global Head, Human Rights, is in conversation with the authors, and the talk is centered on the impact of hope and storytelling. Zoboi and Salaam talk about harnessing the power of art and storytelling. The Search for Racial Equity Series is a global forum offering an in depth study and dialog of racial equity and justice, through forthright discussion and a syllabus that intends to amplify the most authentic and powerful voices of our time and of this movement. We aim to create safe spaces for the most important and authentic discussions. See more videos like this via http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/RacialEquity  #RacialEquity #PunchingTheAir #YusefSalaam
Yusef Salaam was just 16 when he and four other black and Latino teenagers were wrongly convicted of the rape and assault of a woman jogging in New York’s Central Park. Even before their trial the then property tycoon Donald Trump took out newspaper ads calling for the death penalty. The five served out their sentences before being exonerated when another man admitted to the crime. Yusef Salaam says their case is the story of the criminal system of injustice in America. But as anti-racism protests continue, and fears of worse unrest to come, is the chance of real change even more remote than in the America of his youth?
National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi and Dr. Yusef Salaam of The Exonerated Five, previously known as the “Central Park Five," join us to discuss their new book, Punching the Air , which is partly based on Salaam’s experience as a wrongfully incarcerated teen.
S10Bonus4 - Dr Yusef Salaam in the Time of COVID Conflicting survival instincts and an internet full of misinformation has left many of us in disagreement over what is the best path forward. Once again, Jason Flom taps the wisdom of our wrongfully convicted community, while so many struggle. In the 4th and final interview of our mini series from Wrongful Conviction Podcasts, one of the Central Park. 5, now the Exonerated 5, Dr Yusef Salaam, pulls from a deep reservoir of philosophical and spiritual learning to guide us all in making lemonade out of the lemons that we find ourselves with today. You can hear his story in both his own interview, season 6 episode 8, through the voice of his co-defendant Raymond Santana in our podcast’s premiere episode, or in the Netflix mini series “When They See Us.” Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom is a production of LAVA For Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co Co1 and PRX. Learn more and get involved at https://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com.
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