Central Park ‘Exonerated’ Five member Yusef Salaam is coming to Jackson, MS 


BY: The Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health

(Jackson, MS) May 24, 2024 – The Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health, the Black Men’s Health Equity Council, and MS-NAACP are thrilled to announce that New York City Councilman and Central Park ‘Exonerated’ Five member, Yusef Salaam, will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Black Men’s Health Equity Conference. The conference will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2024, at the Jackson Hilton Hotel, located at 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, MS.  Admission is FREE.  Register at www.minority-institute.org by June 15, 2024.    

Yusef Salaam and four other Black and Latina youth were falsely arrested and convicted in the 1989 New York Central Park Jogger case. Salaam was imprisoned for nearly seven years before he was exonerated.  This story was the subject of the award-winning Netflix movie When They See Us and the PBS documentary The Central Park Five.  During his keynote address, Salaam will speak about the systemic issues that contribute to the wrongful convictions of Black men. 

In addition to the keynote address, conference attendees will participate in concurrent sessions to discuss critical issues that impact Black men.  The topics are:  

  • The State of Black Men’s Health in Mississippi: Tobacco Use and Vaping
  • Check yourself before you wreck yourself: Heart and Prostate Health
  • Invisible Man: Black Men, Depression and PTSD
  • Health Justice and Family Health Advocacy
  • Entrepreneurship

Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and conference gifts will be provided.  For more information, contact Warren Jones at 424-312-5866, wjones@advancingminority.org, or 



The Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health was established in 2019 to reduce health disparities among disadvantaged and underserved minority populations in Mississippi through the development of collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders and the implementation of evidence-based public health interventions with a particular focus on health equity.  


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