Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

April 20th, 2014, by

A former boxer who became a symbol of racial injustice, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter recently lost his battle with prostate cancer.

A 20th-century icon, he survived 19 years in prison as a controversial victim of the U.S. justice system. Following his exoneration, he became a passionate activist for the wrongfully convicted, and his life story inspired a major motion picture and a song by Bob Dylan.

Carter had a difficult youth, but rose to become a top contender for the middleweight boxing crown. His career was halted in 1967, when he was convicted of a triple murder and sentenced to three consecutive life terms. In 1988, the indictments against him were dismissed.

The recipient of two honorary doctors of law degrees, Carter lived in Toronto and was an in-demand speaker throughout North America and Europe. He also worked with several organizations and founded Innocence International.

In 2011, he joined us to talk about his work helping prisoners who have been falsely convicted and his then-newly updated biography, The Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom. Take a look below at our compelling conversation.

  • Chioke Hassan

    Dear Tavis
    I think President Obama should pardon them.


  • Bob Rose

    The well-being of minority children depends to a large extent on their education. Marilyn Adams, the world’s leading authority on early literacy education, in her new book, “ABC Foundations For Young Children”, points out that most American children finishing first-grade still can’t name and write all of the alphabet letters. This disaster is bad for the literacy skil of all kids, but particularly to poor minority children. White parents are much more likely to teach their preschool kids to write the alphabet than black parents are. Hopefully, this will soon change.

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