Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 5:00 pm
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Room A17
Public / Open To All
Albert Woodfox, prison activist and Black Panther, survived more than four decades of solitary confinement in Louisiana’s notorious Angola state prison—punished for a crime he did not commit. In his new book, Solitary, he tells his story of struggle, transformation, and hope.
Growing up impoverished in segregated New Orleans, Woodfox was arrested multiple times for petty crimes as a teenager. Cycling in and out of jail as a young man, he learned how to survive the brutal, violent world of prison. After being exposed to the teachings of the Black Panther Party while incarcerated, Woodfox dedicated his life to the struggle for justice, organizing his fellow prisoners to challenge the inhumane conditions behind bars. in 1972, he and another Panther were falsely accused of killing a white prison guard. For this, Woodfox and two comrades, known as the “Angola 3," would collectively spend over a century in solitary confinement: 23 hours a day in a 6’x9’ cell. Since winning his release in February 2016, Woodfox has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe advocating for the freedom of political prisoners and an end to all forms of torture.
The Department of African American Studies welcomes Albert Woodfox for a conversation with Professor Joshua Guild about his remarkable life and inspiring story. Book signing to follow.
Open To Public
Please note: It is easier to find the room if you use the entrance on William St.