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Justice Delayed: An Examination of the Ken Burns Film Central Park Five

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A Philanthropy New York Special Event with Media Impact Funders |

The story of the Central Park Five is one scarring New York history; a case of injustice for five teenagers of color being wrongly convicted of raping a Central Park jogger. This tragic story showcases many issues addressed by philanthropy for decades, including: race, class, policy and juvenile justice.

On 15 July 2013, Atlantic hosted a thought-provoking discussion featuring filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon; Raymond Santana, a victim from the case; Annmarie Benedict, Programme Executive at The Atlantic Philanthropies; discussion leader Amy Goodman of DemocracyNow!; and session moderator Vince Stehle, Executive Director of Media Impact Funders. 

Clips of Central Park Five were woven into the discussion to illustrate how this case hits the core of issues of discrimination and prosecutorial abuse within our legal system.

A Philanthropy New York Special Event with Media Impact Funders.


  • Annmarie Benedict, Programme Executive, Reconciliation & Human Rights, The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Sarah Burns, filmmaker
  • Amy Goodman (Discussion Leader), Host and Executive Producer, DemocracyNow!
  • David McMahon, filmmaker
  • Raymond Santana, subject from the film
  • Vince Stehle (Moderator), Executive Director, Media Impact Funders

Atlantic provided support for The Central Park Five through a grant to Washington Educational Television Association.