Here comes the story of the Hurricane…
If you don’t recognize the name Rubin Carter, that’s ok. You’ve probably still heard of him. He’s the subject of Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” as well as a movie by the same name that starred Denzel Washington. If you still don’t know who I’m talking about then we probably wouldn’t be friends in real life, because I don’t think I know anyone who hasn’t heard that Dylan song and I’m not certain I’d want to.
Anyway, the short version of the story is that Rubin Carter was professional boxer, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1966 and spent 19 years in prison for the crime. Carter became a symbol of racial injustice, and worked to help others who had been wrongfully imprisoned after his release.
Mr. Carter spoke at my college several years ago and I had the opportunity to meet him and shake his hand. I was struck by the energy and charisma that he possessed. He had an inspiring presence and a passion for life that you could just feel. I am grateful that I met him, and I am sad that he is gone.