COM Umoja Program Presents Author and Civil Rights Activist Albert Woodfox

March 10th, 2020 - 10:04am

The College of Marin (COM) Umoja program will host Albert Woodfox on March 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the James Dunn Theatre at the Kentfield Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Albert Woodfox is known as one of the Angola Three, a trio of young black men incarcerated at Louisiana’s infamous Angola Prison. The Angola Three were framed by prison officials on murder charges after they organized to expose racism, corruption, and prisoner abuses. Woodfox spent 44 years in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. He was finally released in 2016 after his conviction had been overturned three times.

In his book, Solitary, he shares not only how he survived his ordeal, but also how he was able to inspire his fellow prisoners with his humanity and devoted activism. Woodfox is committed to continuing his activism to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement and advocating on behalf of those who are wrongfully imprisoned and whose civil rights have been abused by the criminal justice system.

Remarkably self-aware that anger or bitterness would have destroyed him in solitary confinement, Woodfox chose activism and resistance instead. His story chronicles incredible resolve and the rare ability to emerge whole from the inhumanity he experienced.

Event Postponed

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
James Dun Theatre
Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus
The event is free; suggested donation of $20
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