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~Activist and Professor Angela Davis To Speak at Wellesley College~

For immediate release:
Oct. 9, 2001


Arlie Corday, Public Information
Phone: 781-283-3321

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Angela Y. Davis will speak on "The State of Feminism in the 21st Century" Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at Wellesley College’s 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.

The 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."

Rollins 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 of people."

In 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 FBI’s 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.

For more information, contact Arleen Lavene at 781-283-2563 or the Wellesley College Office for Public Information at 781-283-2373.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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