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Week of January 14, 2013

Angela Davis to speak on ‘Impediments to the Dream’

Angela Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita from the University of California, Santa Cruz, will speak about “Impediments to the Dream: The Prison Industrial Complex and the Dream.”

Davis, political activist, scholar and author was a leader in the Communist Party USA and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and rose to national prominence when she was charged with kidnapping and murder for allegedly having purchased weapons that were used in the commission of those crimes. She was the third woman in history to appear on the FBI’s ten most wanted list. After 18 months of confinement, and with overwhelming public support, she was acquitted; her experience as a prisoner led her to found Critical Resistance, an organization seeking to “build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex.” Davis has remained a symbol of resistance, with prisoner rights among her continuing interests.


Davis has authored several books, including “Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete?” After the talk she will sign copies of her latest book, “The Meaning of Freedom,” which was released in August.

This program is sponsored by the University Library, the School of Information, University Housing, the Law Library, the Bentley Historical Library, the Center for Campus Involvement, the Global Scholars Program, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, and Students Organizing Against Prisons.


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