Central Park Five Receive Honorary Diplomas

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TSR STAFF: Avah T.! @avah_taylor ________________________________________________ Who can forget the heartbreaking story of the #CentralParkFive? The group of black and latino teenagers were wrongfully convicted of the brutal rape and assault of a white female jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. ________________________________________________ Earlier this week, three of them — Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana Jr — received honorary high school diplomas from Bronx Preparatory High. _______________________________________________ The three men, who are now in their 40s, each had earned a G.E.D. and an associate degree while incarcerated, but had missed out on their high school graduation ceremonies. According to the New York Times, the school's assistant principal, Cassius Gil, wanted to do something special for the men after Richardson visited Bronx Prep teacher Marie Colucci's class. Colucci's students had reportedly asked to meet them after watching the “Central Park Five” documentary, which the teacher used as— read more that TheShadeRoom.com

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Now we all know of the Central Park Five. For those who do not, they were a group of black and latino young men who were wrongfully convicted of the rape and assault of a white female runner in Central Park in 1989.

Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana Jr, three of the five, had received their G.E.D. and an associate degree while incarcerated. 

The Bronx Preparatory High School decided to recognize these men with Honorary High School Diplomas after Richardson visited a Bronx Prep classroom! 

Check it out. 


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