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.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Better, Not Bitter from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Salaam and Prof. Miller that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/yusef-salaam-better-not-bitter-fan-event
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