Yusef Salaam

Yusef Salaam

Keynote Speaker: One of the Central Park 5, Entrepreneur, Author, Trainer & Leader

Yusef Salaam Biography

On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys—four black and one Latino—were tried and convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. They became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.”

Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between seven (7) and thirteen (13) years of their lives behind bars. The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case, unlinked to any of the five, had finally met its owner, a convicted murderer and serial rapist who confessed. The convictions of the boys, now men, were overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was just 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever.

Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. In 2013, documentarians Ken and Sarah Burns released the documentary “The Central Park Five,” which told of this travesty from the perspective of Yusef and his cohorts. In 2014, The Central Park Five received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its grievous injustice against them. Yusef was awarded an Honorary Doctorate that same year and received the President's Life Time Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama.

He was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in 2018, and has released a Netflix Feature limited series called “When They See Us” based on the true story of the “Central Park Five” with Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro, in May of 2019.

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Yusef Salaam Videos

Yusef Salaam on What He Learned From Adversity
Yusef Salaam on What He Learned From Adversity
Yusef Salaam | The Marshall Project | The New Yorker
Yusef Salaam | The Marshall Project | The New Yorker
Forgiveness, a Path to Redemption | Yusef Salaam | TEDxSingSing
Forgiveness, a Path to Redemption | Yusef Salaam | TEDxSingSing

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Yusef Salaam is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Yusef Salaam for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Yusef Salaam generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Yusef Salaam for an upcoming event.

Yusef Salaam Videos

Yusef Salaam on What He Learned From Adversity
Yusef Salaam on What He Learned From Adversity
Yusef Salaam | The Marshall Project | The New Yorker
Yusef Salaam | The Marshall Project | The New Yorker
Forgiveness, a Path to Redemption | Yusef Salaam | TEDxSingSing
Forgiveness, a Path to Redemption | Yusef Salaam | TEDxSingSing
YUSEF SALAAM THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE - Roosevelt NY
YUSEF SALAAM THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE - Roosevelt NY
Yusef Salaam Speaks Out on the Central Park Jogger Case
Yusef Salaam Speaks Out on the Central Park Jogger Case

Yusef Salaam Reviews

  • Yusef's speaking engagement was amazing! He was attentive to the goals of the event, and found ways to make connections through his content. Yusef's speaking style made it feel like he was talking directly to you and not a large audience. His story of overcoming adversity is one that everyone should hear. It was incredibly powerful and sent chills through the audience. I cannot say enough positive things about All American Entertainment. They were prompt in their responses, and were incredibly helpful with all of my questions and concerns. Their roles in the planning process allowed for a smooth and successful event. It truly felt like they were invested in the event and wanted the best outcome for our organization.
    Target - Feb 02 2021

  • Great job! It was an honor and pleasure to work with Yusef Salaam to hear his story and learn the steps taken to have a better life.Hayley was truly supportive from the beginning and worked with the university and I which made me very happy because I had a short period to find a speak and LisaBeth was awesome as well . Thank you once again we look forward to working with your company next year
    University of New Haven, Black Student Union - Apr 01 2017

  • Great job! It was an honor and pleasure to work with Yusef Salaam to hear his story and learn the steps taken to have a better life.Hayley was truly supportive from the beginning and worked with the university and I which made me very happy because I had a short period to find a speak and LisaBeth was awesome as well . Thank you once again we look forward to working with your company next year
    University of New Haven, Black Student Union - Mar 29 2017

  • Everything about my event was wonderful. Haley and Lisabeth were excellent and very very very detailed oriented. Nothing was left to chance and I, so appreciated that. Yusef was amazing. He was nice, friendly and professional. He showed up on time and was easy going. He was well received on our campus and as I mentioned to Lisabeth and Haley, there is talk about brining him back for 2018. I think the best part of the event was that Yusef was able to tell his story in a way that related to the students, but more importantly in a humble way. It wasn't just about what happened to him...it was also the way he manages what happened to him. He is a role model for sure. Many thanks to you and your team. I have been running programs at NCC for 20 years. This is the first time that I have given 5 stars in every category on an evaluation. Thank you.
    Nassau Community College - Feb 08 2017

Yusef Salaam Speaking Topics

  • The Disenfranchisement of the Blackman.

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