Today In History We Honor Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
"Rubin Carter, professional boxer from New Jersey, was training for a shot at the world middleweight title, when he was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for a triple murder in 1964 for nearly two decades.
While incarcerated, Rubin published his autobiography, The 16th Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472, to widespread acclaim. The story attracted the attention and support of many luminaries, including Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan who wrote the song “Hurricane.”
A teenager from Broonklyn, NY name Lesra Martin read his autobiography and initiated a correspondence. Carter developed a relationship with Martin and his benefactors, Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton, and Lisa Peters, who began to work with Carter’s legal defense team to seek a writ of habeas corpus from U.S. District Court Judge H. Lee Sarokin. In 1985, Sarokin handed down his decision to free Carter, stating that “The extensive record clearly demonstrates that [the] petitioners’ convictions were predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.” via about.com
(photo: Rubin Carter)
- CARTER Magazine