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Tuesday April 16: PBS to Air "The Central Park Five" Giving Light to Racial Disparity in U.S. Criminal Justice System

Excerpted from PBS.org

"The Central Park Five," a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

"This case is a lens through which we can understand the on-going fault-line of race in America," said Sarah Burns, who also wrote The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding, (Knopf, 2011). "These young men were convicted long before the trial, by a city blinded by fear and, equally, freighted by race. They were convicted because it was all too easy for people to see them as violent criminals simply because of the color of their skin."

The film airs on PBS Tuesday April 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm EST. For more information, go to: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/

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