Albert Woodfox and Robert King were exonerated after spending decades imprisoned in Angola Penitentiary (formerly Angola Plantation) in Louisiana. King spent 29 years in solitary confinement before his release in 2001. Woodfox spent 41 years in solitary confinement before his release in 2016. The third member of the Angola 3, Herman Wallace, passed away in 2013 days after being released. All three were placed in long-term solitary confinement because of their role in forming a chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Angola.
Woodfox and King continue to stand up to injustice in the U.S. legal system, call for an end to the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, and for the release of other political prisoners who are unjustly incarcerated.
Opening remarks by Dr. Walter Johnson, Director of The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
This free, public event is co-sponsored by Harvard Law Community Engagement and Equity Office, The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and Harvard Criminal Justice Initiative.