We are thrilled to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Yusef Salaam, author of the new book, Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice. Dr. Salaam will be interviewed by Reuben Jonathan Miller, Ph.D. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Better, Not Bitter from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Salaam that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!
About the Book: No one's life is the sum of the worst things that happened to them, and during Yusef Salaam's seven years of wrongful incarceration as one of the Central Park Five, he grew from child to man, and gained a deepened spiritual perspective on life. He learned that we're all "born on purpose, with a purpose." He channeled his energy and pain into something positive, not just for himself but for other marginalized people and communities.
Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice is the first time that one of the now Exonerated Five is telling his individual story, in his own words. Dr. Salaam writes his narrative: growing up Black in central Harlem in the '80s, being raised by a strong, fierce mother and grandmother, his years of incarceration, his reentry, and exoneration. He connects these stories to lessons and principles he learned that gave him the power to survive through the worst of life's experiences. He inspires readers to accept their own path, to understand their own sense of purpose.
Dr. Salaam will be in conversation with Reuben Jonathan Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. His new book, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, is based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, their families, partners, and friends.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
About the Author: Yusef Salaam is the inspirational speaker and prison abolitionist, who, at age fifteen was one of the five teenage boys wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison in the Central Park jogger case. In 1997, he left prison as an adult to a world he didn't fully recognize or understand. In 2002, the sentences for the Central Park Five were overturned, and all Five were exonerated for the crime they didn't commit. The Exonerated Five have received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its injustice and have been profiled in award-winning films, including The Central Park Five documentary from Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon and, most recently, the Emmy award-winning Netflix limited series When They See Us, written and directed by Ava DuVernay. Dr. Salaam is a board member of The Innocence Project, affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. He received a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama.
About the Interviewer: Reuben Jonathan Miller, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. His research examines life at the intersections of race, poverty, crime control, and social welfare policy. His new book, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, is based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, their families, partners, and friends. Prof. Miller has conducted fieldwork in Chicago, Detroit, and New York City, examining how law, policy and emergent practices of state and third-party supervision changed the contours of citizenship, activism, community, and family life for poor black Americans and the urban poor more broadly. To capture the effects of crime control on social life in global cities with different public policies, Miller conducts ongoing fieldwork in Glasgow, London and Belgrade.
This inspirational memoir serves as a call to action from prison reform activist Yusef Salaam, of the Exonerated Five, that will inspire us all to turn our stories into tools for change in the pursuit of racial justice.
They didn't know who they had.
So begins Yusef Salaam telling his story.