African American professional boxer and activist, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014), was in a boys' home as a child.
Rubin Carter was born in Clifton, New Jersey, 1 of 7 children. He was 11 when he stabbed a man and was sent to Jamesburg State Home for Boys. He escaped after 6 years and enlisted in the army, where he did well.
Rubin Carter began his boxing career in 1961. He and another man were convicted of murder in 1967, but the convictions were formally dismissed in 1988. This story is told in The Hurricane (1999) and Rubin Cartin is played by Denzel Washington. The film also tells something of the story of Lesra Martin. Martin was born in 1963. Illiterate at the age of 15, he moved in with 3 Canadians, read the 16th Round by Rubin Carter, wrote to Carter in prison, and - along with his foster family - helped to find the evidence that eventually led to Carter's conviction being overturned. Lesra Martin went on to become a lawyer and motivational speaker.