Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
*Rubin “Hurricane” Carter passed away on April 20, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.
Former professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was wrongfully arrested and convicted for triple murder, narrowly escaping the electric chair. Immortalized by Bob Dylan in song, and later in the movie Hurricane (starring Denzel Washington), the indictment was finally dismissed after 22 long years. Irrevocably changed from the experience, Carter’s perseverance, determination, and infectious strength of spirit shine through in his talks to motivate and inspire audiences the world over.
From 1993 to 2005, Carter served as executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, and later became the founder of Innocence International, an organization which also helps defend innocent people from wrongful convictions.
Since his release, Carter has been an in-demand speaker who has shared stages with Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela, and spoken for such esteemed institutions as The United Nations.
Carter’s updated autobiography, The Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom, was re-published in 2011. He holds two honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto and Griffith University.