The Central Park Five

A film by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns

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The Central Park Five: Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam taken Nov 15, 2012 (Photo:Simon Luethi)

In 1989 in New York City, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time told from the perspective of five other victims—the teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

The story of the Central Park Five raises many important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable juveniles, and basic human rights. Host a discussion with these resources from PBS.

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