The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project welcomed newly inducted mentors Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam, two of the Exonerated Five, who were wrongly accused of a white Central Park jogger’s rape; educator Eric Brown; Damon Jones, vice president, Proctor & Gamble; and James Thompson, president, 100 Black Men D.C.

The role models from Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval counties traveled to the 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), in Washington, D.C. Sept. 12-15, of which Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, served as the ALC honorary co-chair. The role models participated on panels focused on education, the social status of Black men and boys and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and served as ambassadors for the ALC.

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