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 Legendary Activist Angela Y. Davis to Speak at UTEP

Legendary Activist Angela Y. Davis to Speak at UTEP

Renowned scholar and civil rights activist Angela Y. Davis will be the guest speaker at The University of Texas at El Paso’s African-American Studies Program Lecture Series.

Davis, a distinguished professor emerita from the University of California, Santa Cruz, became well known during the black liberation movement in the 1970s. Through the years, Davis continued her activism as an author, academic, humanitarian, civil and women’s rights advocate, and powerful voice for social justice.

The international icon held several positions at UC Santa Cruz from 1984 through her retirement in 2008 to include presidential chair in African-American and Feminist Studies.

The Birmingham, Alabama, native grew up around racial violence and called her neighborhood “Dynamite Hill” because of the bombings. She said that the experience led to her political activism.

Michael V. Williams, Ph.D., director of UTEP’s African-American Studies Program, said the lecture series was developed to bring scholars and activists from across the nation to campus to engage with students and to share their passion and expertise with the wider community.

“An Evening with Angela Y. Davis” is a free, public event that is co-sponsored by UTEP’s Black Student Union.  The lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 126.

Information: utep.edu/aasp

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  • She is a criminal and a terrorist!

  • Miss Davis had been the object of a nationwide search since Aug. 16, when a Federal fugitive warrant for her arrest on charges of unlawful interstate flight to avoid prosecution was issued in California.

    Although the authorities were unwilling to give the details of their case against the former college philosophy instructor, she was reported to have purchased a 12-gauge single- barrel shotgun that was used to kill Superior Court Judge Harold J. Haley in a courthouse gun battle last Aug. 7.

    Presence Not Alleged
    The charges against Miss Davis do not allege that she was at the scene of the kidnap- murders, in which the judge, the prosecutor and three women jurors were abducted by three prisoners in the courtroom and an accomplice. Miss Davis was charged under a California law that makes an accomplice equally guilty for having purchased the guns used.

    The “wanted” poster circulated by the F.B.I. said that the slender, 5-foot 8-ich tall young woman should be considered “possibly armed and dangerous.”

    Miss Davis’s present political notoriety was preceded by a short but intellectually distinguished academic career and a dispute over her right to a position that she took in the summer of 1969 as an acting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    In response to a question from the university chancellor prompted by her political activities, Miss Davis said she was a Communist. She had become a Communist, she said, in the “urgent need to find radical solutions to the problems of racial and national minorities in white capitalist United States. Who made this choice?

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