By Staff Reports
CHICO Robert Hillary King, who spent more than 30 years in prison
before being exonerated, is scheduled to speak in Chico Tuesday evening.
His talk will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Chico City Council Chambers, 421 Main St.
In 1970, King was sentenced to 35 years in Angola State Penitentiary
in Louisiana, for a crime he did not commit. He served more than 30
years, including 29 years in solitary confinement.
In the 1970s, King and two other inmates started the first chapter of
the Black Panther Party to be formed in a prison. They organized
prisoners to campaign for better conditions in the penitentiary.
Ultimately, it was proven that King had been framed, and he was
released. He has written a book about his life, "From the Bottom of
the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King."
In the book's introduction, Terry Kupers writes that in 2001, King
emerged from prison "a vital, socially conscious, very caring
leader," who has continued to campaign for prisoners' rights.
King's appearance in Chico is sponsored by a number of groups,
including the Chico Peace and Justice Center, the Chico State
Department of Political Science and the Butte College Black Student Union.
For more information, go to www.chico-peace.org or call 893-9078.