Michael B. Jordan presents Central Park 5 with ACLU courage award

Honoree Yusef Salaam, from right, hugs actor Michael B. Jordan at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California's 25th annual awards luncheon in Los Angeles on Friday.Mario Tama / Getty Images

LOS ANGELES— Michael B. Jordan told the men known as the Central Park Five on Friday that he cannot watch footage of the new series "When They See Us" without getting emotional and feeling that as a young black man he too could have faced a similar ordeal.

"It's dangerous in America when you're living in a black body," Jordan said.

Jordan praised the men — Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — for their perseverance and courage during a luncheon where the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California honored Netflix's series about their case.

"The whole time that these men were incarcerated, they never changed their story," he said. "They insisted of their innocence even as they did their time."

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