Angela Y. Davis will speak on "The State of Feminism
in the 21st Century" Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at
Wellesley Colleges Alumnae Hall. Professor of history
of consciousness at the University of California-Santa Cruz,
Davis is the author of five books (including Women, Race
and Class; Women, Culture and Politics; and Blues Legacies
and Black Feminism), more than 30 chapters in books and
27 articles in journals.
lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored
by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee. "We
feel that bringing this extraordinary scholar-activist to
campus is a wonderful way to honor the memory of Dr. King,"
said Judith Rollins, professor of Africana studies and sociology
and member of the MLK Jr. Memorial Committee. "The
underlying theme of Angela Davis public life is the
same as that of his public life: an unwavering commitment
to the elimination of social injustices."
praised Davis scholarly writing, calling it "meticulous,
thorough and incredibly insightful. What may be most appealing,
however, is that beneath her brilliant critique of unjust
structures, beneath her constructive proposals for change,
there is a fundamental faith in people, a profound love
1969, Davis was removed from her teaching position at UCLA
as a result of her social activism and Communist Party membership.
In 1970, she was placed on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted
List on false charges and subsequently incarcerated for
16 months. An international "Free Angela Davis"
campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972.
Today, she is a tenured professor whose current research
focuses on the prison industrial complex.
more information, contact Arleen Lavene at 781-283-2563
or the Wellesley College Office for Public Information at
in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal
arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's
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