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Exhibit highlights career of Angela Davis

Image of Angela Davis

Dr. Angela Yvonne Davis is a world renowned political activist, educator, and author. Known most prominently for her social justice work both nationally and internationally, Dr. Davis has authored nine books and lectured on a range of topics such as race, gender, class and the prison industrial complex. 

In 1970, Dr. Davis was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List on false charges and was the subject of an intense police search that culminated in one of the most famous trials in our nation’s history. Dr. Davis was wrongfully imprisoned for 16 months, which launched a worldwide campaign to “Free Angela Davis” leading to her acquittal in 1972. 

An exhibit featuring materials from Special Collections focuses on the rhetoric of the sixties and seventies around civil rights, the Black Power Movement, and the rights of political prisoners. Among the materials featured are Dr. Davis’ autobiography, pamphlets from the Black Panther Party, and brochures urging the release of Dr. Davis. 

The exhibit is being mounted in conjunction with a campus-wide event to bring Dr. Davis to the campus on February 12, spearheaded by the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  It will be on display from February 3rd until February 28th in the first-floor atrium of the library

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Image: MS0241, Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education records, Box 17, Folder 91.

- Adreonna Bennett