Author and activist Angela Davis will headline Clemson University’s 39th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.
During her keynote speech, Davis will discuss her understanding of King’s legacy and its application to the world today, according to a release. Also during the event, the university will honor its 2021 MLK Service Award winners. Clemson students will also perform.
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Davis has spoken to groups around the world about civil rights and social issues. She has written over ten books including “Women, Race, and Class;” “Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday;” “Are Prisons Obsolete?; Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture;” “The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues;” and “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement.” Davis is the Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and of Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz where she’s spent the past 15 years. Davis’ current work focuses on the prison-industrial complex.
“Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice,” read a bio on Davis from the American Program Bureau Inc.
You can find other events Clemson has planned for its 2021 MLK Celebration at clemson.edu/centers-institutes/gantt/mlk.