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Angela Davis

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
7:30pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 06/19/2022

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“Before the world knew what intersectionality was, the scholar, writer and activist was living it, arguing not just for Black liberation, but for the rights of women and queer and transgender people as well.”   –  Nelson George for The New York Times

As a teacher, writer, scholar, and activist, Angela Y. Davis’ work fighting for justice and equality for all can not be understated. Davis first received national attention in 1969, after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA for her social activism and membership to the Communist Party. In 1970, she was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List” on false charges, which culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent U.S. history. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international “Free Angela Davis” campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972. Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to dismantling the prison-industrial complex, and the author of books including Freedom is a Constant Struggle and Women, Race & Class.

Alonzo King is an artist and thinker with a deep connection to activism, both through his own work as founder and artistic director of Alonzo King LINES Ballet and through his heritage; many members of King’s family were prominent figures in the civil rights movement including his father, Slater King, who served as the president of the Albany Movement and his uncle, C.B. King, a courageous lawyer who defended countless civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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