The senseless August 23, 1989 murder of 16-year-old Yusuf (Yusef) Hawkins at the hands of an angry racist mob changed the emotional, political, and social landscape of Brooklyn (and, to a great degree, New York City) forever. It’s been 29 years since his tragic and unnecessary murder but the impact is still felt in polarized neighborhoods and inter-racial relations between Brooklyn residents and the police officers who oversee them.

Yusuf Hawkins MemorialMemorial to Yusuf Hawkins, Brooklyn, NY

Take some time to research this historic New York City event to see what happened to this martyr and the accused individuals. I won’t give any spoilers because it’s worth the time investigating this story. I’ve included a few links below to help you on your journey.

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