March 22, 2007

Civil rights activist, educator Angela Davis to speak at OMA Unity Banquet


Angela Davis—social justice pioneer and educator—is the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit on March 30. The program is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University's Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).

About Davis, OMA Director Deborale Richardson-Bouie says, "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 equality."

According to her University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Web page, Davis is known for her work in combating oppression in the United States and abroad. She draws upon her personal experiences from being incarcerated in the early 1970s and spending 18 months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI's 'Ten Most Wanted List.' An international campaign demanding her freedom was organized, and she was acquitted in 1972.

At UCSC, she is a professor of feminist studies, as well as a professor in the history of consciousness, an interdisciplinary doctoral program. In addition, she is the author of several books, including Angela Davis: An Autobiography; Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? Her recent work has focused on the social problems associated with incarceration, and the criminalization of those communities that are most impacted and affected by poverty and racial discrimination. As an educator, she is especially concerned with the general tendency of more resources being devoted to prison systems than to educational institutions.

OMA's banquet and scholarship dinner recognizes the academic success and leadership of dozens of graduating and high grade-point average achieving multicultural students. The event will feature the awarding of a $10,000 scholarship for graduate study, two $5,000 Medtronic scholarships, and several corporate book scholarships.

The banquet is being held at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive. A wine and cheese reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $55 through March 18, and $65 March 19-25. A portion of the price is tax-deductible. To learn more, contact the OMA office at 216-368-2904, or e-mail

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 22, 2007 03:57 PM | News Topics: HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics

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