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‘60s political activist Davis at Davidson
Feb. 12 lecture and discussion are free
 
Published Thursday, January 3, 2013 7:22 am
by Herbert L. White

Angela Davis, one of the most notable political activists of the 1960s, will speak at Davidson College next month.


Davis’ Feb. 12 presentation is part of Davidson’s Wearn Lecture. The subject will be “Political Activism and Protest from the 1960s to the Age of Obama.” The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall. The talk is open to the public, and no tickets or reservations are required.


Davis will also lead a discussion on “Black Panthers in the 1960s and 1970s, Black GIs, and West German activists.” That presentation is also free, with the time and place to be determined. The podium discussion supports the award-winning multimedia exhibition “The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany” that will be on display in the Brown Atrium of Alvarez College Union in February.


A persistent theme of Davis’ work in recent years has been social problems linked with incarceration, and the criminalization of communities affected by poverty and racial discrimination.


Davis often draws upon her own experiences in the early 1970s as one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. She spent 18 months on trial and in jail before being acquitted of all charges.


The author of nine books, Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national group that aims to eliminating prisons across the globe. She has lectured extensively in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America on abolishing prisons.


Davis is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she has taught for 15 years. She has also taught at San Francisco State University, Mills College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University.


For more information on her talk at Davidson, call (704) 894-2284.

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