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Herman Wallace

Critical Resistance posted a nice reflection, written by Isaac Ontiveros, on the legacy of Herman Wallace, who was a member of the Angola 3. After being wrongfully accused of killing a prison guard, Wallace spent 42 years in solitary confinement. Suffering from advanced cancer at age 71, he was finally released on Tuesday.

He died three days later, on Friday.

The Innocence Project/The Advocate

The Innocence Project/The Advocate

From the Critical Resistance piece:

The state is terrified of the creativity, compassion, knowledge, and drive for freedom of those it imprisons—especially those that have the capacity to organize and develop the energies of others.  In continuing to fight against the violence of solitary confinement, in honoring the legacies—past and present—of resistance inside, we are emboldened and encouraged by the ever-growing spirit of life personified in people like Herman Wallace.

Read the essay HERE.

 

 

 

The New York Times also wrote a good article on Wallace. which also mentions an art project he collaborated on with artist Jackie Sumell:

A page from a letter in which Herman Wallace described his dream house to the artist Jackie Sumell.

A page from a letter in which Herman Wallace described his dream house to the artist Jackie Sumell.