Free All the Angola Three
Albert Woodfox, political prisoner, activist, former Black Panther and leader
in the Black Liberation movement, died last week of Covid-19. He had been
wrongfully convicted of murder yet had spent almost 44 years in solitary
confinement — the longest in U.S. history. He was released from
Louisiana’s notorious Angola Prison in 2016, almost eight years after Emory
Douglas designed this poster. Emory was the former Minister of Culture of
the Black Panther Party and CSPG’s 2006 “Art is a Hammer” honoree.
Woodfox along with two fellow Black Panthers, Robert Hillary King and
Herman Wallace, became known as the Angola 3, who were held in solitary
confinement for over 100 years collectively at Louisiana State Penitentiary
in retaliation for their political affiliation with the Panthers.
Woodfox dedicated his life, both inside and out of prison walls, to
resistance, advocating against solitary confinement and for the liberation of
all Black people.
“Our resistance gave us an identity. Our identity gave us strength.
Our strength gave us an unbreakable will.”
― Albert Woodfox, Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement
Rest In Power
There are still former Black Panthers being held as political prisoners in the U.S.
To learn more about six of them, you can check these websites:
Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement by Albert Woodfox
The Jericho Movement