Yusef Salaam is one of the most spiritual and strongest people I have ever met. A conversation with him always makes clear he is being guided by an internal philosophy built on love, kindness, and justice. This creates for him an aura of peace and tranquility and an unbreakable core that sets him apart from the insanity those in power unleash on the world.
Author of "Savage Betrayals: Race, Media and The Central Park Jogger Story"
The greatest professional experience of my life has been to share our film, "The Central Park Five" with audiences and to witness Yusef and the other subjects of the film speak with and inspire audiences across the country with their message of strength, perseverance and generosity.
Director, "The Central Park Five" Documentary
Yusef is an extraordinary person who has risen above the wrongful conviction that sent him to prison for nearly 8 years when he was just 15 years old to become an incredible example of courage and triumph, a role model to young people and a terrific father.
Author of "The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding"Documentary
"Yusef is a thoughtful and compassionate man who has overcome great odds and not only survived but thrived."
Academy Award Nominated Documentary Filmmaker