yusuf hawkins storm over brooklyn trailer

On August 23, 1989, Yusuf Hawkins, a 16-year-old Black teenager from East New York, Brooklyn, was shot to death by a group of white youths from the predominantly Italian-American working-class neighborhood of Bensonhurst. The killing sparked outrage throughout the Black communities in New York City, culminating in a series of protest marches through the neighborhood led by the Reverend Al Sharpton. More than 30 years later, HBO is set to release a documentary called Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, which examines the legacy of Hawkins’ killing. Watch the trailer for Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn below.

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