February 6th, 2013
For Black History month, Gerald Hankerson speaks about the criminal justice system. At age 18, Gerald Hankerson was tried and convicted of accessory to a crime that resulted in a life sentence without Parole. Hankerson was the alleged accomplice in a murder where others falsely implicated him, which resulted in his conviction and de facto death sentence. Hankerson was denied clemency in 2006, which caused many community and political leaders and Grass-root Organizations to form the “Coalition to Free Hankerson.” On April 9, 2009 at the age of 40, Gerald Hankerson was granted clemency and released from prison after serving 23 years. Currently he serves as VP of the NAACP in Seattle/King County, as well as an Executive Board Member of The Defender’s Assoc .(TDA). Hankerson travels around the State & Country discussing issues of the criminal justice system, as well as speaking at local schools and juvenile centers mentoring at-risk youth.