Mightier than Metal, Sturdier than Concrete: Robert King and Albert Woodfox on the Struggle of the Angola 3

Last Updated on April 9, 2021

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Dr. Robert King and Albert Woodfox are the two surviving members of the Angola 3, the world-renowned trio of prison reform activists (Herman Wallace, died on October 4th, 2013, three days after his release) exonerated after enduring decades of solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary—the largest maximum-security prison in the U.S. and former slave plantation known as “Angola.”

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King spent 29 1/2 years in solitary confinement before his release in 2001. Woodfox, the longest-serving prisoner to be held in solitary confinement in U.S. history, spent 43 years in solitary confinement before his release in 2016. Prior to their time in solitary confinement, King, Woodfox and Wallace jointly established a prison chapter of the Black Panther Party at Angola and led peaceful nonviolent protests against the racist and cruel conditions inflicted upon prisoners.

King and Woodfox will be discussing their experiences in an extended conversation about their campaign for the abolishment of solitary confinement and freedom for all political prisoners. Moderated by artist Rigo 23, long time supporter within the International Coalition to Free the Angola-3, this conversation will occur inside the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves. The exhibition takes its title from a quote by King, “The deeper they bury you, the louder your voice becomes. You throw pebbles into a pond, you get ripples; ripples become waves; the waves can become a tsunami.”

This program is open to all and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves. The exhibition will be open during the program. All Beta Main exhibitions and programs are FREE.