The world lost a Champion this morning. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter died in his from complications of abattle with prostrate cancer. In 1964 Carter, a native of Clinton, NJ fought in a fight with then Champion Joey Giardello. Giardello won by a unanimous decision, and Carter’s career as a boxer began to decline.
On July 7, 1966 a bartender and two patrons were murdered by two black males according to witnesses. Carter and John Artis were arrested and charged with the murder of these three people. Carter and Artis ended up being convicted twice for the same crimes.
In 1974 Carter wrote and published a book Called “The 16th Round” that caught the attention of Muhammad Ali, Coretta Scott King, and Bob Dylan. Dylan later wrote the song “Hurricane” in his honor in 1975. This attracted both national and international attention to Carter’s plight and a fund was formed for his defense.
After a long protracted battle with the legal system, both men were freed on a Writ of Habeus Corpus for prosecutorial misconduct on both charges in November 1985.
Carter moved to Toronto Canada, and was executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) from 1993 until 2005. He later founded and directed the “Innocence Project” an advocacy agency for those wrongly convicted by the justice system.
In 1999 the movie “The Hurricane” (Starring Denzel Washington) won critical acclaim and again brought attention to Carter’s plight! Washington won a Golden Globe award for best actor.
In February Carter hinted at his deteriorating health. He passed 2 months later. Rest In Peace my Brotha!