Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)


World famous boxer, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, most well known for his wrongful incarceration over a triple murder, has died at age 76. In June 1966, after three white people were shot by two black men at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, Carter and his friend John Amis were both convicted of the crime in 1967 by an all-white jury. Carter spent 19 years in prison, successfully granted a new trial in 1976, where he was again convicted. The events surrounding his arrest and incarceration provoked arguments regarding racial vilification. Bob Dylan, after reading Carter’s autobiography, The Sixteenth Round (1974) co-wrote the song ‘Hurricane’ with Jacques Levy, inspired by the racial events of Carter’s arrest and imprisonment, performing the song at his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975, before the song appeared on his 1976 Desire album. Carter had always proclaimed his innocence and in 1985, after numerous appeals and tremendous public advocacy, he was freed from prison, finally acknowledged to have been wrongly accused.  He died on April 20, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario.

 

 

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