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THE ‘HURRICANE’ TO TELL HIS STORY AT THE UH JENKINS
He’s been the subject of song and screen and now Rubin “Hurricane”
Carter, former boxer and current civil-rights activist, brings his
message of social justice to the University of Houston.
Carter will speak at the UH Graduate College of Social Work’s
Jenkins Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the
Cullen Performance Hall. He’ll address “Justice and
the Legal System: Where Do We Go from Here?”
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available
for $3 in parking lot 1A off of Calhoun or in the new UH Garage
also off of Calhoun.
Carter’s boxing career began in 1961. Five years later, while
preparing for a world championship match, Carter was arrested for
a triple murder. He maintained his innocence, but was convicted
and sentenced to three life terms, narrowly escaping the electric
chair. In 1974, the state’s two key witnesses recanted their
testimony, bringing international attention to Carter’s case.
He became a civil-rights advocate and was immortalized in the Bob
Dylan song, “Hurricane.” Later, he was the subject of
a movie starring Denzel Washington. In 1974, Carter was tried and
convicted again. However, In February 1988, the 22-year-old indictment
“It is our great privilege to host Rubin Carter at UH,”
Ira Colby, professor and dean of the GCSW, said. “He personifies
the mission of the college—economic and social justice for
The Jenkins Distinguished Lecture was inaugurated in 2001 with
a generous gift from GCSW alumna Margie Jenkins and her husband
Bob. Other speakers have included Jody Williams, Nobel Laureate,
and former NAACP President Benjamin Hooks debating Linda Chavez
on the issue of affirmative action.
For more information on the UH Graduate College of Social Work,
please visit www.sw.uh.edu/.
||UH Graduate College of Social Work Jenkins Distinguished
Featuring Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
||7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4,
||Cullen Performance Hall
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