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Angela Davis to Explore Freedom, Incarceration at Bowie State

April 17, 2013

(Bowie, Md.) – April 17, 2013 – Activist and scholar Angela Davis will explore the topics of race, gender, freedom, and incarceration at a public lecture at Bowie State University Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts Center, Myers Auditorium.

The lecture will reflect themes from her 2012 book, “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues,” a collection of 12 previously unpublished speeches addressing the issues of power, race, gender, class, incarceration, and conservatism. A question-and-answer session will follow. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets are not required.

For Bowie State students, the lecture will directly link to topics discussed in their classes, as many of Davis’s books are consistently required reading for history and philosophy courses, including works addressing prison reform, the nature of freedom, and the intersection of women, race and class.

“Students will have a chance to talk to one of the most preeminent black female thinkers of the 1960s and 1970s who – along with Dr. Martin Luther King, the Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and the Congress of Racial Equality – were pioneers in that early struggle. She was also a great leader in the women’s movement for black women in particular,” said Dr. M. Sammye Miller, chairman of the History and Government Department, where the women’s studies program is housed.

“We often don’t think of philosophers as civil rights leaders, but she was able to combine the European philosophy with the civil rights ethos and ideology and transform that into action,” he said.

Davis is the author of nine books, although in recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the social problems associated with incarceration and criminalization of communities affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws partly on her own experiences from the early 1970s when she spent 18 months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” Her imprisonment and trial is the focus of a new documentary, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, which was recently released in movie theaters nationwide.

Davis has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America and has taught for the last 15 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There, she is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Feminist Studies and of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. She is also a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex.


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