No More Fights For Wrongly Convicted Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Dead at 76
It's weird to remember that prior to becoming a detached squinty enigma, Bob Dylan spearheaded a passionate campaign to free boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who was wrongly convicted of murder and served 19 years for a crime he didn't commit. After a battle with prostate cancer, Carter died yesterday at age 76.
Carter, who was African-American, was initially convicted in 1966 for the murder of two white men and a white woman, even though he had an alibi and it would be extremely charitable to describe the evidence against him as thin. But he was black, and they were white, so QED ipso facto. Carter's plight came to national attention in 1976, when Dylan wrote "Hurricane," which he played during nearly every show on the Rolling Thunder tour.