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ERIC Number: EJ764795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-22
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Dreams Deferred?
Asquith, Christina
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n1 p38-41 Feb 2007
This article describes how Alan Newton has put his life back together after he was set free. Before he came to Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, Newton spent 22 years locked up in 12 different New York state prisons for a crime he did not commit. His ordeal began when a White woman who had been raped in the Bronx mistakenly identified the 22-year-old in a photo lineup. Thanks to DNA testing and Newton's persistent lobbying, he was exonerated and released in the same Bronx jurisdiction where he had been convicted. Coming out of prison after two decades is a challenge, and it is an even greater struggle for those wrongly incarcerated--most of whom are Black. After spending half of his life behind bars, Newton found himself a free man, but with no job, no work experience, no savings and a lot of catching up to do. Over the past six months, he has put his life back together. He has a scholarship to Medgar Evers College and is pursuing a degree in business. The school has hired him as a counselor for its new initiative, the Male Development and Empowerment Center, where he uses his story to encourage other young men to stay in school. Ironically, after overcoming a racially unjust system that stole more than two decades of his life, Newton is part of a program now being charged with being discriminatory because it is specifically aimed at Black men.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York