Netflix will be showing Ava DuVernay’s new series on the Central Park on May 31st, and they released its trailer today.
Here’s how they describe it:
Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.
When They See Us was created by Ava DuVernay, who also co-wrote and directed the four parts.
Ken Burns also did a documentary on the same topic in 2012, and you can see clips from it and additional information here.
You might also be aware of a somewhat well-known case of a New York teacher being fired supposedly for teaching a unit on the Central Park Five.
Obviously, we need to be teaching about the Central Park Five and similar examples of racism, we all need to be supported by our administrators when we do so….