Central Park Five get standing ovation at BET Awards

Central Park Five get standing ovation at BET Awards
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The Central Park Five were honored Sunday night with a standing ovation as they took the stage at the 2019 BET Awards ceremony.

Naming each man individually, host Regina Hall introduced Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr., Korey Wise and Kevin Richardson as the “exonerated five” as the men took turns speaking at the microphone. They were greeted with a standing ovation and loud cheers.



“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,” the five said collectively, one line at a time. “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.”

The men could be seen reveling in the applause, a few overcome with emotion, as they thanked the cheering audience.

Their appearance at the ceremony comes amid renewed attention to their case following the release of Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries "When They See Us."

The five men were exonerated in 2002 after each serving more than five years in prison after being falsely convicted of raping a woman who was jogging through Central Park 30 years ago.

All charges against the five men were ultimately dropped after new DNA evidence came to light and a serial rapist and murderer came forward to confess. The five men were awarded $41 million from New York City in 2014.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE, who in 1989 took out full-page ads in New York newspapers calling for the death penalty against the five boys, who were all under 18 at the time, refused to apologize to the men last week when asked by a reporter.