In recognition of Black August (2019) the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will host a screening of the Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation. This compelling film tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the United States.
This film tells the story of three former members of the Black Panther Party incarcerated at Angola Louisiana State Prison in solitary confinement longer than anyone in modern US history and collectively known as the Angola 3. It focuses on the issues that have surrounded and clouded their cases since the 70s. In addition our film explores the political climate of the 60s and 70s that produced “political” prisoners in America. By presenting a meticulously researched portrait of these men, their circumstances as well as the context of the times, we want to encourage viewers to think critically about history, racism, the prison system and to actively engage in making changes.