5 Civil Rights Activists Who Are Imprisoned

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  • Russell Maroon Shoatz, 69
  • Ed Poindexter, 70
  • Mondo we Langa, 64
  • Herman Wallace, 71
  • Sundiata Alcoli, 74
  • Activists Who Are Imprisoned

Herman Wallace, 71

Imprisoned since 1971 in Angola, Louisiana, for an armed robbery, Herman Wallace organized the Black Panther chapter called Angola 3. The group advocated desegregation within the prison, helped prisoners file legal papers and led organized strikes for better conditions until he was convicted of killing a prison guard in 1972. But with one of the witnesses being legally blind and no physical evidence linking the accused Wallace and another Angola 3 member, Albert Woodfox, to the crime, the two continue to fight their convictions. In 2009, Wallace was moved to Hunt Correctional Centre in Louisiana. (Photo: MSNBC)

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