After enduring a harrowing experience as a result of a flawed criminal justice system Korey Wise—a member of the Exonerated Five—is turning his pain into positivity through activism. According to the Amsterdam News, the Harlem native recently provided youngsters in his community with school supplies and backpacks just in time for the new school year.
Wise teamed up with a group called Friends of Public Schools Harlem Inc. for the initiative. The organization provides local schools in the community with the supplies needed to ensure the educational success of their students. Friends of Public Schools Harlem Inc. also donates funds to schools for the creation of health and wellness and arts programs. The group is on a mission to provide 4,000 students in Harlem with backpacks and supplies through a grant provided by The Migdol Family Foundation. At the event hosted by Wise at Harlem’s Schomburg Plaza over 200 students were served.
Wise says he was grateful to be able to pay it forward to children from his community. “It was great to be back at Schomburg Plaza where I grew up and give something back to today’s children,” he said in a statement, according to the news outlet. “Being here and providing school supplies helps students start the school year better prepared to succeed and sends a message that somebody cares. It was great to see the smiles from parents and children. I thank the Friends of Public Schools Harlem and the Migdol Family for making it happen.” FPSH board member Jerry Migdol says that Wise’s support is instrumental in leveling the playing field when it comes to educational resources.
Since being exonerated in 2002 Wise—who has become a criminal justice reform advocate and public speaker—has continually used his platform and resources to give back. In 2015, he donated $190,000 to the University of Colorado’s Innocence Project to help fight wrongful convictions.
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Rai King thinks she's Coretta Scott King— Readings starting at $17 | ♐Sagiterrific (@Astrochologist) September 15, 2019
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Rai King hopped on Twitter to tell us about all the Black women Deray doesn’t speak for.— shanna (@shittybonmots) September 15, 2019
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Trying to sort through this Shaun King, Rai King, and DeRay twitter saga. pic.twitter.com/xztuuksFO7— S. Williams (@ShakWills) September 15, 2019
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never retweeted my own self before, but, wanted to give total props to RAI KING @shaunking for being the absolute QUEEN of pride of her family. i wrote this yesterday to @deray and unfollowed him. total confirmation of my instincts on @deray's attempted destruction a hero 💔 https://t.co/qMCItcwCyt— tess martin-fox (@girlzoo) September 15, 2019
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Rai King LITERALLY compares herself to CRM leaders wives.. SIS YOU WILL NEVER BE ON THE PLATFORM OF THOSE WOMEN.. NEVER.— Jo💞 (@_loveejom23) September 15, 2019
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About this Rai/Shaun King mess: causing ulcers and putting your personal life through hell "for the work" is not okay.— amanda (@amandaleighlaw) September 15, 2019
Some zealous organizers need to hear that, particularly college ones. Davis, Kaba, and many others have taught us this. #Thread about a topic important to me:
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Rai King sounds like she’s tired.— Openly Black-ish (@Connichameleon2) September 15, 2019
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