Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Two Down and One To Go
Albert Woodfox, the Black Panther Party leader who spent thirty-six years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn't commit, famous around the world as one of the Angola Three, finally had his conviction overturned yesterday. I had to find this out from the Associated Press on Google News rather than through the local papers. Why am I not surprised?
I'm posting this powerful YouTube video featuring Richie Havens playing "Freedom" in honor of Woodfox and Herman Wallace, the remaining member of the triad, whose case is still pending. Maybe someday they can watch it together on the outside of the prison they were intended to die in -- alone.
Update: The State will appeal this decision. Apparently guilt or innocence are not in question here. Woodfox is, after all, a Black Panther. One doesn't need a court of law to convict him of that.