Hurricane Activist To Speak at RIT March 23
March 14, 2001
by Vienna Carvalho-McGrain
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The first installment of Rochester Institute of Technology's "The CURE is Building Community through Collaboration, Understanding, Respect and Education" spring speaker series features activist Lesra Martin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23, in RIT's Clark Gymnasium.
After reading the circumstances surrounding the triple murder conviction of Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, Martin, moved by the story and convinced of Carter's innocence, formed a friendship with Carter and pledged to prove his innocence. After five years of legal battles, Carter was exonerated.
After helping to free Carter, Martin graduated from high school, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto. He also earned a law degree from Dalhousie University. Today, Martin is a prosecuting attorney in British Columbia.
In addition to practicing law, Martin travels the country speaking to audiences about the importance of overcoming adversity, abolishing illiteracy, capital punishment and the legal system.
Tickets—$10 for the general public—are available at the Student Alumni Union candy counter and game room. The event is sponsored by RIT's Residence Halls Association and the Black Awareness Coordinating Committee. For more information, call RIT's game room at 475-2239.