2019 BET AWARDS RECAP: Exonerated Central Park Five Receive Standing Ovation

The Central Park Five took center stage at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday.

Host Regina Hall introduced Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr., Korey Wise and Kevin Richardson as the “exonerated five” at the 19th annual ceremony.

Audience members rose to their feet to cheer on the men, who each took a turn at the microphone to deliver a message about the power of truth in the face of injustice. 

“We are all on an individual journey in life. We don’t know where our journeys will take us or how they will collide with others,” they said. “I didn’t know that one day would bond me to these men for the rest of our lives. But I know that in telling our truth, our lives have been changed forever. Your truth is the foundation your legacy will be built upon. Your truth will be the memories people keep long after you’re gone.”

McCray wore a T-shirt featuring each of their names and Santana Jr. wore one that prominently displayed his mugshot. 

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