Dewey Bozella to speak at Mainstage Theatre on August 22
"Unbreakable: the Dewey Bozella Story"
In 2009, 26 years after being falsely imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, 50-year-old Dewey Rader Bozella was finally set free thanks to the efforts of two unflagging lawyers and the Innocence Project, which took on his case despite staggering odds.
At Sing Sing, he was a model prisoner, earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and married. Pouring his frustrations into boxing, he became the facility’s amateur boxing champion. Since gaining his freedom he has worked to assist those recently released from prison and teaches young people life lessons through the medium of boxing.
On July 13, Dewey Bozella was presented the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) awards. Past winners include Nelson Mandela, Mohammed Ali and Billie Jean King.
Mr. Bozella’s presentation about his belief that justice would eventually prevail and his refusal to become embittered by the wrong done him will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Monday, August 22
11 am–12:30 pm
Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem
Sponsors: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Council 93, and Salem State University’s human resources and equal opportunity office
This presentation is free and open to the public. No prior registration is required.