Yusef Salaam to be keynote speaker at Liberty Awards Dinner

Liberty Awards Dinner 2017
Keynote Speaker

As a teenager in 1989, Yusef Salaam was wrongfully convicted in the notorious “Central Park Five” case and served more than five years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He now shares his story to raise important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable youth, and basic human rights.

As an exonerated African-American man and an influential transformational speaker, Yusef has traveled all around the United States and the Caribbean to deliver powerful lectures and facilitate insightful conversations. Since his release more than 14 years ago, Yusef has become a devoted husband and father, poet, activist and inspirational speaker. He has committed himself to advocating for and educating people on the issues of mass incarceration, police brutality and misconduct, false confessions, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America's criminal justice system - especially for young men of color. 

His most recent awards have included a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama (2016), an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Anointed by God Ministries Alliance & Seminary (2014), and a long list of Proclamations - most notably from the New York City Council (2013). 

Learn more about this year's Liberty Awards Dinner on October, 14, in Raleigh and purchase tickets here.