Today in history: January 16, 1970 - The Soledad Brothers (George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo and John Clutchette) are accused of killing a guard in Soledad (California) state prison in retaliation for the shooting deaths of three black prisoners three days earlier by another prison guard.
The Soledad Brothers Defense Committee succeeded in making the case a national and international controversy. On August 21, 1971, George Jackson was murdered by prison guards in what many believe was a setup. George Jackson’s book, Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson became very influential in exposing racist injustice in U.S. prisons and spreading revolutionary politics. Angela Davis was tried on charges relating to a failed attempt to free the Soledad Brothers; a huge, international movement to Free Angela Davis was built in her defense and she was eventually acquitted in 1972.
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)