Frostburg State University will present a talk by Dewey Bozella, who served 26 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, on April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of the Lane University Center. He will share his tragic story of injustice and the perseverance, courage and faith that led to his long-overdue exoneration.
Dewey Bozella was a 24-year old amateur boxer when he was convicted of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to 20 years to life in Sing Sing prison, Bozella maintained his innocence and exhausted every appeal. He was offered at least four chances for an early release if he would only admit guilt and show remorse, but Bozella consistently refused to accept freedom under such conditions. Anger at his imprisonment gave way to determination and instead of becoming embittered, he became a model prisoner, earning his GED, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, working as a counselor for other prisoners and falling in love and getting married. Through it all, Bozella found strength and purpose through boxing, becoming the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing prison.
Ultimately, through the help of the Innocence Project, Bozella was finally exonerated in 2009. He earned ESPN’s 2011 Arthur Ashe Courage Award and most recently won his first and only professional boxing match at 52 years old.
Not one to quit, Bozella has started the Dewey Bozella Foundation, working with kids to teach them discipline and the value of hard work and courage through boxing.
For more information, contact the Black Student Alliance Office 301-687-7402 or the Diversity Center at 301-687-4050.
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