From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King

From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King

by Robert Hillary King
     
 

ISBN-10: 1604860391

ISBN-13: 9781604860399

Pub. Date: 10/06/2008

Publisher: PM Press

"In 1970, a jury convicted Robert Hillary King of a crime he did not commit and sentenced him to 35 years in prison. He became a member of the Black Panther Party while in Angola State Penitentiary, successfully organizing prisoners to improve conditions. In return, prison authorities beat him, starved him, and gave him life without parole after framing him for a…  See more details below

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"In 1970, a jury convicted Robert Hillary King of a crime he did not commit and sentenced him to 35 years in prison. He became a member of the Black Panther Party while in Angola State Penitentiary, successfully organizing prisoners to improve conditions. In return, prison authorities beat him, starved him, and gave him life without parole after framing him for a second crime. He was thrown into solitary confinement, where he remained in a six by nine foot cell for 29 years as one of the Angola 3. In 2001, the state grudgingly acknowledged his innocence and set him free. This is his story." "It begins at the beginning: born black, born poor, born in Louisiana in 1942, King journeyed to Chicago as a hobo at the age of 15. He married and had a child, and briefly pursued a semi-pro boxing career to help provide for his family. Just a teenager when he entered the Louisiana penal system for the first time, King tells of his attempts to break out of this system, and his persistent pursuit of justice where there is none." Yet this remains a story of inspiration and courage, and the triumph of the human spirit. The conditions in Angola almost defy description, yet King never gave up his humanity, or the work towards justice for all prisoners that he continues to do today. From the Bottom of the Heap, so simply and humbly told, strips bare the economic and social injustices inherent in our society, while continuing to be a powerful literary testimony to our own strength and capacity to overcome.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604860399
Publisher:
PM Press
Publication date:
10/06/2008
Series:
PM Press
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xiii

Ruminations on From the Bottom… Mumia Abu-Jamal xvii

Introduction Terry A. Kupers 1

From the Bottom of the Heap 11

Epilogue 199

Whither South Africa: Journey to the Beloved Country Marina Drummer 205

Robert King Live at the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion, October 2011 211

Shaka, or Checks and Balances 223

What's in a Name: (Vulgarizing…Vulgarity) 227

Appendices 233

King Family Tree 235

Anita Roddick: A Friend of Distinction 237

A Poem for Alice (africa) 239

Malik Rahim and the Founding of Common Ground 241

The Case of the Angola 3 243

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