Rose Smith and Robert King present "Cruel And Unusual," the story of the Angola 3: A Black Panther Story. Come out to see a movie of injustice at the highest level, and three men who refused to be intimidated. Meet Mr. King, and purchase his book, "From The Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of a Black Panther."
Robert Hillary King also known as Robert King Wilkerson, is a former member of the Black Panther Party who spent 32 years, 29 of them in solitary confinement, in Angola Prison, Louisiana, for a crime he did not commit.
When Robert Hillary King was sent to the Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana for the first time for a crime he did not commit, he learned that the justice system was corrupt. When he was sent to prison a second time for a crime he did not commit, he knew that he had to resist his detention. And, resist he did. Robert King and two other prisoners (Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace) formed the Black Panther political cell in a U.S penitentiary, focused on Human Rights. They focused on prisoner rights and attempted to protect young men from being sexually abused. Their efforts to organize prisoners to defend themselves raised the ire of prison authorities and the three Black Panthers of Angola prison became known as the Angola Three. King remained in Angola for 32 years and spent 29 of them in solitary confinement. His two comrades have been in solitary for 38 years, also for crimes they did not commit. All three are known all over the world as the Angola 3 prisoners.
King was the first one from the Angola 3 to have been released from prison. Ever since he was freed in February 2001, he advocated for the release of his 2 friends. In July 2013 Annesty International called for the release of 71-year-old Herman Wallace, who had advanced liver cancer. He was released October 1, 2013, and died three days later, on October 4, 2013.
On October 21, 2013, the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 joined Amnesty International in delivering 50,000 signatures demanding Albert Woodfox's release to Governor Jindal's office. He and Herman Wallace spent more than 40 years each in solitary confinement.
Albert Woodfox has spent more time in solitary confinement than anyone in the United States. After more than 43 years in solitary confinement, he was released on February 19, 2016. Albert survived the extreme, cruel and unusual punishment of 40-plus years in solitary confinement only because of his extraordinary strength and character.
Mr. King and Mr. Woodfox continue to travel around the world and educate others on the injustice in our justice system. Both men will make a Special Guest Appearance for the event! There will also be a brief Q & A and book signing at Southern Hospitality (same business plaza as Highland Galaxy) immediately following the movie. This will definitely be a moment in Black History, and a once in a lifetime opportunity. EVERYONE is welcome to attend. So, please help us spread the word.
Admission is $20. It includes the viewing of the movie, snacks (popcorn and soda), the
Q & A and book signing. Plus, an opportunity to purchase some of Mr. King's Candy, in which he named "Freelines." There will be limited seating, so purchase your ticket TODAY! Tickets are going fast!