A man who was wrongfully convicted in a high profile criminal case will share his story on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus.
Yusef Salaam will speak twice on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015: from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building, and from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center.
Each event is free and open to the public. For the evening presentation, visitor parking will be available in the lot directly north of the campanile. Those planning to attend the 11:00 a.m. presentation are encouraged to take advantage of the free parking and shuttle service from Lot 26, just west of Baxter Arena.
Salaam is one of the “Central Park Five,” a group of five teenagers who were wrongly convicted in the 1989 sexual assault of a jogger in New York’s Central Park. They served full sentences but were later exonerated after a man who was already in prison confessed to the crime.
Salaam still lives in New York City. He is a self-described activist, educator, motivational speaker, poet and artist.
Wednesday’s talk is presented by:
Black Men United
UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service
UNO’s Dean's Office, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee
UNO’s Senior Vice Chancellor's Office
UNO’s Nebraska Center for Justice Research
UNO’s Office of Multicultural Affairs
UNO’s Grace Abbott School of Social Work
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Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.