Central Park Five
Central Connecticut State University will welcome Sarah Burns for a talk on her book and upcoming documentary Central Park Five on Monday, December 3 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall’s Constitution Room. The event will be free and open to the public.
Central Park Five examines the scandalous case of five African American and Latino teenagers who were arrested and charged with brutally attacking a white woman in Central Park in 1989. Each served between six and 13 years in prison, only to be released a decade later after the actual perpetrator’s DNA connected him to the crime. The government and the NYPD were then exposed to having rigged the court case which highlighted the racial profiling in the legal system.
Sarah, daughter of award-winning documentarian Ken Burns, graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a degree in American Studies. She worked for Moore & Goodman, a small civil rights law firm based in New York, where she learned more about the racial inequality in this country. In 2011, Burns wrote Central Park Five, and in 2012 she, her father, and her husband David McMahon collaborated to write and produce a documentary.