Leon Benson is reborn: Watch a celebration of the people’s victory!

For the first time since his exoneration, the Indianapolis community was graced by the presence of Leon Benson, who has halfway through his 50-year prison sentence when he was freed from Pendleton prison on March 9, 2023. This past weekend was his “re-birth” celebration that included a lecture at DePauw University on March 7 and a “Common unity” concert on March 9.

On March 8, the Indianapolis Liberation Center and The Everly Collective hosted a standing-room-only homecoming celebration centered around a panel and book launch, which you can watch below.

The panel discussion and the official launch of his first monograph, Letters of gratitude: I am because we are, published that day by Iskra Books. You can purchase a copy of his book for delivery or pick up at the Liberation Center’s online store or at any major bookseller.

“The truth never dies!” Watch the celebration

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Photos by Indianapolis Liberation Center