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Better not Bitter, Living in Pursuit of Racial Justice

Yusef Salaam
In conversation with Ekow N. Yankah
October 6, 2021

Writer and activist, Yusef Salaam, a member of the Exonerated Five will join ALOUD with his memoir, Better, Not Bitter, whose story of resilience and strength is an inspiring call to action.

Better Not Bitter is the first time that one of the now Exonerated Five is telling his individual story, in his own words. Yusef writes his narrative: growing up Black in central Harlem in the ’80s, being raised by a strong, fierce mother and grandmother, his years of incarceration, his reentry, and exoneration. Yusef connects these stories to lessons and principles he learned that gave him the power to survive through the worst of life’s experiences. He inspires readers to accept their own path, to understand their own sense of purpose. With his intimate personal insights, Yusef unpacks the systems built and designed for profit and the oppression of Black and Brown people. He inspires readers to channel their fury into action, and through the spiritual, to turn that anger and trauma into a constructive force that lives alongside accountability and mobilizes change.

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