August 2nd, 2012

A view from the inside: The story of Jane Doe #1

Ten years ago, the story of a woman identified only as Jane Doe #1 ignited an investigation that eventually led to the collapse of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland. In this exclusive interview with the Center for Investigative Reporting, Kowana Banks steps forward for the first time to talk about the abuse she endured from the bakery’s leader, Yusuf Bey Sr.

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