In Conversation: Dr. Robert King + Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 with Artist, Rigo 23
From left to right: Dr. Robert King, Albert Woodfox, and Rigo23. Courtesy of Frank Jackson
How can art be used to advocate for human rights? Hear Robert King and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 in conversation with artist and activist, Rigo 23, about the unique ability of art to bring awareness to cases of social injustice.
This program is part of our Free Saturdays celebration of the exhibition, Soul of a Nation.
Dr. Robert King is a prison reform activist and the first of the Angola 3 to win his freedom after serving twenty-nine years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. He was a member of the Black Panther Party in Angola,LA., the only official chapter of the BPP in the country. In the seventeen years since his release in February of 2001, King’s life’s focus has been to campaign against abuses in the US criminal justice system, the cruel and unusual use of solitary confinement and for the freedom of the remaining imprisoned, Angola 2.
Albert Woodfox is the last of the Angola 3 to be released. He was released on his birthday, February 19th, 2016 after his conviction had been overturned a total of three times, spanning the years between 1992-2015. Motivated by the many years it took to be heard, Albert has made a life-long commitment to continue his activism and advocacy on behalf of all those wrongfully imprisoned due to the multiple abuses of the criminal justice system; prosecutorial misconduct, missing or false evidence, bad science, racism. As a former member of the Black Panther Party, he hopes to be a voice for the voiceless, suffering under brutal prison conditions.
General admission is free on Saturdays at the de Young and Legion of Honor for all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. Tickets do not guarantee entry to screening. Seating for this program is limited and first-come, first-served. Seating tickets will be distributed an hour before the event begins in front of the Koret Theater. Admission to Soul of a Nation is free on the second Saturday of each month from November through February.
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