2019 OCCC - Keynote Luncheon


2019 OCCC - Keynote Luncheon


2019 Ohio Cultural Competence Conference - Keynote Luncheon

Friday, November 1st | 12PM-2PM

The Ohio Union - 1739 N. High St.

Purchase of this ticket allows you sole entry into the 2019 Ohio Cultural Competence Conference Keynote Luncheon.


2019 OCCC Keynote

Yusef Salaam, The Exonerated 5

At just 15 years old, Yusef Salaam was one of five boys—four black and one Latino—tried and convicted of the brutal rape of a young woman in New York City's Central Park in April 1989. They became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.” Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between seven (7) and thirteen (13) years of their lives behind bars. The unidentified DNA was linked to a convicted murderer and serial rapist and the boys, now men, were exonerated.

Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. In 2014, The Central Park Five received a multi-million-dollar settlement from the city of New York for its grievous injustice against them. Yusef was awarded an Honorary Doctorate that same year and received the President's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama.

He was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in 2018 and has released a Netflix Feature limited series called “When They See Us” based on the true story of the “Central Park Five” with Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Dinero, in May of 2019.