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PGCC Hosts Screening of Documentary “The Central Park Five”

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

WHAT:            

Prince George’s Community College hosts a free screening of “The Central Park Five,” a film about 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. PGCC students will have the opportunity to speak to one of the defendants following the screening.  

WHO:              

Yusef Salaam, Central Park five defendant 

WHEN:            

Wednesday, April 10 

6:30—9 p.m. 

WHERE:          

Prince George’s Community College 

Rennie Forum 

301 Largo Road  

Largo, MD 20774 

WHY:              

Prince George's Community College is a predominately black institution and has a growing Latino population. Bringing the screening to the campus offers a unique experience for students to understand the historic nature of the case for minority men. 

The film tells the story from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by a miscarriage of justice. PGCC students attending the screening will have the opportunity to meet Yusef Salaam, one of the young men falsely accused and ask questions about his struggle for justice.  

“The Central Park Five” is directed and produced by award-winning filmaker Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns. The documentary will officially air on WETA on April 16th. RSVP by visiting www.CP5PGCC.eventbrite.com.  

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, and John Eager Howard Community Center. For more information, visit the college website at  www.pgcc.edu, follow on  Twitter,   Facebook,  Foursquare,  LinkedIn and tune-in to  Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.    

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