Mount Union College Convocation Presents Lesra Martin, Attorney Who Helped Free Rubin "Hurricane" Ca

April 15, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio -Lesra Martin, a crown attorney in British Columbia who helped free Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, will present a convocation at Mount Union College, Tuesday, November 27 at 10:35 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall.

Lesra Martin lived in poverty in New York City, functionally illiterate until the age of 15. When he was sent to live with a family in Toronto, Canada, Martin was given access to an education, of which he took full advantage. He completed high school as an Ontario scholar, received an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto and received his law degree from Dalhousie Law School. One of the first books Martin read as a teenager was the autobiography of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, "The Sixteenth Round," an account of his wrongful conviction and imprisonment for the 1966 murders of three New Jersey residents. Inspired by Carter's story, Martin later helped free him, which resulted in the book "Lazarus and The Hurricane." The book was the basis of the movie, "The Hurricane," which starred Denzel Washington.

The convocation is free and open to the public.

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