Michael B. Jordan presents Central Park 5 with courage award

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“That’s courage,” said Jordan, whose performances have ranged from his acclaimed portrayal of a young black man killed by a police officer in Fruitvale Station to the vengeful Erik Killmonger in Black Panther. Fairstein has already resigned from at least two nonprofit boards as backlash intensified and a #CancelLindaFairstein movement spread on social media. Baldwin was one of the ACLU’s founders and its first executive director. “They insisted of their innocence even as they did their time.”


Salaam cried as he accepted an award on behalf of series creator Ava DuVernay. “The whole time that these men were incarcerated, they never changed their story,” he said. ‘When They See Us’ isn’t Hollywood’s first attempt to recount the story of the Central Park Five’s wrongful conviction, but it has sparked a renewed interest in the details of the case. “Our story is a story of an egregious miscarriage of justice,” he added. Jordan hugged Salaam, who also spoke on behalf of the five men. Shortly before the men accepted their award, Fairstein was dropped by her book publisher in the face of the increasing criticism. Advertising

“It’s dangerous in America when you’re living in a black body,” Jordan said. “It’s in many ways justice delayed,” Villagra said. Villagra said that he thinks it’s fair that Fairstein be judged for her actions, even decades later. “I’m not ashamed to cry in front of you,” Salaam said after a moment of silence as he reflected on how he and the other men were “just boys” between the ages of 13 and 16 years old when they were wrongfully convicted. 0
Comment(s) Linda Fairstein, the Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor who observed the teenagers’ interrogation, has faced backlash for her role in their conviction. Jordan praised the men — Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — for their perseverance and courage during a luncheon in which the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California honored Netflix’s series about their case. They received a standing ovation while accepting the ACLU chapter’s inaugural Roger Baldwin Courage Award. Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, said DuVernay refocused the narrative on the humanity of the five men and it has shone a new light on a widely known case 30 years later. Salaam and the rest of the Central Park Five were exonerated in 2002 after being charged with the 1989 rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park. More Explained

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The series has re-ignited outcry about how the case was handled.