International civil rights activist lectures at university
Social justice educator, author and activist Dr. Angela Davis will speak at Georgia College during February aspart of Black History Month celebrations.
Davis’ lecture, “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues,” begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Georgia College’s Centennial Center. The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture is part of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity’s (OIED) Flagg Legacy Social Justice Lecture Series at Georgia College.
“The Lecture Series is a continuation of our annual Flagg Legacy Social Justice events on campus that honor Wilkes B. Flagg, a social justice pioneer and founder of Flagg Chapel Baptist Church in Milledgeville,” said Dr. Veronica Womack, interim director of OIED and associate professor of government and sociology at Georgia College.
“Working on issues of poverty and educational inequality, he was a champion of the underserved and disadvantaged. Dr. Davis’ work fits into the series because of her status as a scholar and activist. Her life’s work focused on the disadvantaged — those often forgotten or overlooked as well as power dynamics and structure within society and how it influences the lives of citizens.”
Davis’ civil rights journey began in the 1960s.
Pivotal social justice moments for Davis included her association with the Black Panther Party, an organization formed to protect local communities from police brutality and racism; firing from University of California, Los Angeles’ faculty for becoming a Communist Party member; and research on what is known as the prison-industrial complex.
Through it all, Davis has remained persistent with her themed work based on incarceration and the generalized criminalization of communities most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.
Davis has committed decades to activism and scholarship addressing social justice home and abroad, authoring nine books and lecturing in all 50 United States as well as Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and former Soviet Union.
Today, she serves as distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. She earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego and a doctorate in philosophy from Humboldt University in East Berlin.
“We encourage the campus and local community to attend because Dr. Davis is a person whose social justice background speaks volumes,” said Emmanuel Little, Georgia College’s diversity coordinator in OIED. “We don’t get many opportunities to hear from a living legend of such importance to our legacy of resistance and struggle against oppression. People of all ages can become inspired to fight harder against injustice after hearing her lecture.”
Call 478-445-4233 for more information about the event. Visit gcsu.edu/equity/flagglecture to register for the event.