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The Homeboy and the Hurricane
Produced by: Jon Kalish
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the number one contender for the middleweight crown and outspoken civil rights advocate, was convicted of a triple murder in 1966 and was sentenced to three life terms. Lazarus Martin was fifteen, essentially illiterate, and trying to survive a violent ghetto in Brooklyn. Both their lives were changed through the efforts of a group of aging Canadian hippies who took in Lazarus and took on Carter's legal cause. Producer Jon Kalish brings us the fascinating story of the friendship between Carter and Lazarus, and the struggle to earn Carter's release.

Program Credits

The Homeboy and the Hurricane is a SOUNDPRINT classic produced by John Kalish. Original music performed by Bob Kinkle. A year after moving to Canada, Ruben Carter married Lisa Peters, one of the Canadians who helped free him. Since then, relationships have turned sour -- after 3 years, Carter left the community, claiming that the Canadians were unable to treat him as an equal and that he only married his wife to get legal residency. After graduating lawschool, Lesra Martin is now a successful motivational speaker; despite falling out of touch with Carter and with the Canadians, he remains thankful to them.


The official Web site for the film The Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington.

The Hurricane-Lesra Martin-Inspirational and Motivational Speaker
Lesra Martin transformed his life of illiteracy and poverty to a life of success.

Rubin Hurricane Carter-Nationwide Speakers Bureau
Rubin Carter has overcome all odds and is now a motivational speaker.

Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter
by: James S. Hirsch 2000
Former writer for the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Hirsch recounts the hardships that Rubin Carter endured to win his freedom.

Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin
by: Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton 1999
The true story about how the lives of Lesra Martin, an illiterate black teenager, and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a former boxer and civil rights activist convicted of a triple murder, affected each other.

The 16th Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472
by: Rubin Carter 2003
Originally published in 1974, Rubin Carter's autobiography attempted to set the record straight and get him a new trial.

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