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College of Law presents 'Angola 3' this weekend

September 18, 2009

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law chapter of the National Lawyers Guild presents the play “Angola 3” tonight and Saturday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m., in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium on Loyola’s main campus. A reception will be held on Friday at 7:15 p.m. before the performance.

“Angola 3,” written and produced by Parnell Herbert and directed by Wayne DeHart, tells the true story of three men, Robert Hillary King, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace, who organized a prisoner protest against miserable conditions in Louisiana’s Angola prison in the early 1970s. After a prison riot in 1972, the three men were accused of killing of a prison guard and locked in solitary confinement. All three claim they were falsely accused for the murder because of their prisoner organizing and political activism.

King’s conviction was overturned in 2001, and he was released from prison after serving 29 years. After 36 years, Woodfox and Wallace remain in solitary confinement. Many human rights activists, including Amnesty International, have called on Angola prison authorities to end their isolation on humanitarian grounds.

“Angola 3” is sponsored by Loyola’s National Lawyers Guild, the Black Law Students Association, Amnesty International, the Public Interest Law Group, the Association of Women Law Students and Tulane University’s National Lawyers Guild.

Founded in 1937, the National Lawyers Guild was the nation’s first racially integrated bar association. The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members—lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees—the guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people.

Tickets for students are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and $17 in advance or $20 at the door for the general public. They can be purchased by calling 832-494-4027 or e-mailing tmtate@loyno.edu.

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