The Nation: Two Men From Cell Block D

THEY had rebelled, the men of cell block D told prison officials and negotiators, to protest their anonymity, to rail against their status as faceless numbers. During the Attica uprising, a few of them fleetingly achieved that goal when they appeared on TV screens. Two of their stories:

HERBERT X. BLYDEN. He is a big man, broad-shouldered, hard features, ugly scars on his cheek and neck from a prison slashing two years ago. He is also a voracious reader of history, politics and Black Muslim philosophy, a fan of football, boxing and modern jazz....

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